Milan are back in Coppa Italia action on Tuesday night as we host Torino in our quarter-final tie at San Siro looking to advance.
The visitors will no doubt produce a response after being thumped 7-0 by Atalanta at the weekend, and so the Rossoneri must be prepared for that.
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That said, Stefano Pioli could use this outing as a chance to rotate too and give others a chance to impress while resting key individuals, but on the basis of the probable XIs being touted, Milan are likely to go with a strong line-up for this one too.
Four changes from win over Brescia
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Milan are expected to stick with the 4-4-2 system but there could be two key changes to the backline.
Asmir Begovic is tipped to come in between the posts and give Gianluigi Donnarumma the night off, while Mateo Musacchio could return from his injury setback and displace Simon Kjaer.
Elsewhere, he has predicted the same midfield quartet to be deployed, but it’s all change up top as Ante Rebic could partner Krzysztof Piatek.
Di Marzio’s probable Milan XI: Begovic; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Castillejo, Kessie, Bennacer, Calhanoglu; Piatek, Rebic.
While Antonio Donnarumma stepped in for the last round, it makes sense to give Begovic a chance while allowing our first-choice shot-stopper to have a break in midweek.
Kjaer has shown weaknesses in the last two games, most notably his lack of pace, and while Musacchio hasn’t provided complete reassurance when selected, he’ll no doubt be itching to claim his starting berth back and it’s hoped that challenge raises his level.
Ismael Bennacer will be suspended against Verona this weekend so it makes sense to keep him in the line-up, although Rade Krunic perhaps deserves a run-out in midfield ahead of Franck Kessie in this one, and that’s a chance that MilanNews.it have suggested could be possible.
Samu Castillejo could arguably do with the rest but with a lack of alternative options he may have to get through it, while Hakan Calhanoglu will be looking for a big performance to try and justify his spot in the XI with Giacomo Bonaventura an alternative option.
Rebic finally set to get chance in starting line-up
After making such a decisive impact in the last two games, Rebic deserves to get a start to try and show that he can deliver across a full 90 minutes.
The confidence is undoubtedly coming back after his three goals in two games, as aside from being in the right place at the right time to bag those goals, he started to take players on, show his skills and make dangerous runs off the ball to show that there is a lot more to his game.
With Piatek being tipped to start alongside him by Di Marzio, it will be interesting to see if that pairing can strike up a dangerous partnership as with Rebic’s energy and movement playing off Piatek, on paper there is an argument to suggest that they complement each other well.
However, we’ll have to see if that translates onto the pitch, but there is certainly enough quality in that touted XI above to suggest that we’ll be able to see off Torino and advance.
With four consecutive wins and a five-game unbeaten run while scoring nine goals and conceding just two, it’s hoped that Milan can continue to build momentum, gain confidence and show further improvement.