Ballo-Touré to replace Theo against Napoli, Krunić and Messias likely to start on the wings behind Ibrahimović

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Fodé Ballo-Touré during at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Fodé Ballo-Touré and Alessandro Florenzi will have the task of stopping Napoli’s wingers, while the usual midfield is set to start.

Milan-Napoli was supposed to be a game between the first and second in the standings, but both teams fell off in recent weeks, losing games and dropping points.

However, despite the fact that the winner of the game will still be unable to overtake Inter in the table, San Siro is about to host one of the biggest matches of the year tomorrow night.

Both sides have many absentees: Napoli have Mário Rui, Kalidou Koulibaly, Konstantinos Manolas, Fabián Ruiz, Victor Osimhen and Lorenzo Insigne out, while Milan will be without Alessandro Plizzari, Davide Calabria, Andrea Conti, Simon Kjær, Ante Rebić, Rafael Leão, Pietro Pellegri and most likely also Theo Hernández, who has not been training with the squad this week.

The Frenchman is suffering from flu symptoms and is not 100%. The decision on whether to include him in the squad will be made tomorrow morning, but in any case, Fodé Ballo-Touré, as reported by Sky and Milannews.it, is expected to play from the first minute, defending against Hirving Lozano.

Rade Krunić during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Alongside Ballo-Touré, there should be Alessio Romagnoli and Fikayo Tomori, while on the right side of the defense, Alessandro Florenzi is favored over Pierre Kalulu. In midfield, Sandro Tonali and Franck Kessié will play, as they often do in the important and big games, leaving Ismaël Bennacer and Tiémoué Bakayoko on the bench after a bad performance against Udinese last week.

In attack, Junior Messias is preferred over Alexis Saelemaekers, who has been dealing with bad form in the past few weeks, while Brahim Díaz and Rade Krunić are set to complete the line of trequartisti behind the sole striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, with Olivier Giroud waiting on the bench.

Probable XI: Mike Maignan; Alessandro Florenzi, Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli, Fodé Ballo-Touré; Franck Kessié, Sandro Tonali; Junior Messias, Brahim Díaz, Rade Krunić; Zlatan Ibrahimović.

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Nesta1

Krunic on left wing smh, why did we let hauge go!!!! Injuries to kyaer, calabria, theo, rebic, leao, when will it end. This is a massive match we have to win but napoli got injuries too so we can do it

Jermine stanislaus

Just play kalulu

Jay

With Krunic at the Left there is no chance the ball will move forward from the wings ! The best result will come out as a draw with no attack

Last edited 11 months ago by Jay
Caesar

You can’t claim to be a Milan fan if you are not a football fan. A football fan pays attention to not only players in his team but the players who are doing well in others teams as well (which is why you see Milan fans following CR7 while he was still playing for Juventus. Or even real Madrid fans following Messi on social media while he played for Barcelona. Sportsmanship doesn’t restrict you to supporting what happens in just your team but rather it allows you to monitor even the progress of your greatest rivals players/team. Me liking Hakan’s… Read more »

Milan10

hell, i watched prime messi, ronaldo fenomeno and zidane a lot back in the days even though they often destroyed milan. i wont even talk about the goat maradona. anyone who appreciates football as some kind of art form would be attracted to them like moths into flame. hakan is nowhere near their level but he WAS milan assistman just like he IS inter’s now. anyone who denies that clearly doesnt know football if it hits them right in their dumb faces. pirlo was a reserve at milan thus even though allegri’s dumb to let him go for free to… Read more »

Milan10

since theo wont play due to fever, toure and krunic will occupy the left flank. damn, ive never seen such world class combo since roberto carlos – zidane

Jay

Bwhahaha

Last edited 11 months ago by Jay
Ranajaya

simple math……krunic+ballo=2 krunic = 0, better test Saele there, right-footed player usually adaptable playing on the left wing

Last edited 11 months ago by Ranajaya
Ranajaya

somehow seeing Balo-Toure smiling in Milan shirt gives me heartbreak.

Ronaldinho80

Meh fucking injuries. It is not exciting to watch games like this.

SOHEIL

Starting with the wrong line up again. Nothing more to say. Pioli started his trademark self sabotaging.

Ronaldinho80

It is great thing that Roma has crushed Atalanta

Ronaldinho80

Wtf happend i was late. Hiw has Napoli scored so quickly ?