Milan vs Sparta Prague, probable lineups: Pioli changes 5

Coach Stefano Pioli will make a five changes for AC Milan vs Sparta Prague. Sandro Tonali will play again from the first minute.

After the heartbreaking 3-3 tie with Roma, it’s time to think about the Europa League. AC Milan vs Sparta Prague will be played tonight at 18:55 CET, at the San Siro. In yesterday’s press conference coach Stefano Pioli confirmed he’s thinking of several changes to the starting eleven. To be exact Pioli will make five changes to the formation that faced Roma.

Surely there will be space from the first minute for Sandro Tonali, who this time will take the place of Franck Kessie. Just like Ismael Bennacer before him, the Ivorian midfielder needs to take a rest.

The same logic applies to Theo Hernandez. The Frenchman has been relentless and needs a break but he will not be replaced by a bench player. Instead it will be Davide Calabria who will be adapted on the left with Diogo Dalot playing on the right. Now that Leo Duarte has recovered, Pioli is thinking of giving him his seasonal debut but that will likely happen in the second half. Once again it will be Simon Kjaer to play alongside Romagnoli reports

Brahim Diaz was expected to take Hakan’s place against Roma but the Turkish midfielder recovered in time and started from the first minute. Diaz will get his chance in Milan vs Sparta Prague to support the striker. Castillejo too, who has recently acted as Alexis Saelemaekers’s back-up, will play for the first minute. Just like Rade Krunic. The Croatian midfielder is playing more this season after overcoming injuries. One who doesn’t take a rest is Ibrahimovic once again leading the attack.

The match against Roma wasn’t a pleasing one for Tatarusanu. His first attempt to replace Gigio was a negative one but Pioli is giving the Romanian goalkeeper another chance to prove himself. Gigio’s brother, Antonio, will stay on the bench.

AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Dalot, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Calabria; Bennacer, Tonali; Castillejo, Krunic, Brahim Diaz; Ibrahimovic.

Sparta Prague (4-3-3): Heca; Sacek, Lischka, Celustka, Krejci; Travnik, Dockal, Pavelka; Hlozek, Julis (Kozak), Moberg.

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