AC Milan face Bologna tonight away from San Siro. The Rossoneri need to bounce back after the Champions League collapse.
AC Milan must turn the page and concentrate on Serie A after the disappointing display in the Champions League against Porto. Bologna vs Milan is a great opportunity for the Rossoneri to cement their title contender status and profit from Sunday’s direct encounter between Juventus and Inter.
Even for Bologna vs Milan, Pioli must take into account the absence of several players due to injuries and Covid. Theo Hernandez and Brahim Diaz are not yet available while Kessie, Rebic and Pellegri are injured and will miss the match against Bologna.
In today’s press conference Pioli said that he is considering resting Fikayo Tomori. Nevertheless, the former Chelsea defender remains in advantage over Alessio Romagnoli to partner again with Simon Kjaer at the heart of the defence. Fode Dallo-Toure will have another chance on the left with Davide Calabria returning on the right.
The absence of Franck Kessie (because of influenza) leaves Pioli with little choices in midfield. Ismael Bennacer will form the central duo with Sandro Tonali. The Italian midfielder looked tired against Porto but he will start once again from the first minute for Bologna vs Milan.
Important changes are expected in attack. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has fully recovered and should lead the front line against Bologna from the start from the first time since 167 days. Olivier Giroud will be waiting for his chances in the second half. Despite the disappointing performance against Porto, Rade Krunic is confirmed in the trequartista role. Rafael Leao is irreplaceable on the left while Samuel Castillejo could be handed a starting spot on the right wing after the fine performance with Verona.
BOLOGNA (3-4-2-1): Skorupsi, Soumaoro, Binks, Theate, De Silvestri, Medel, Svangerg, Hickey, Soriano, Barrow, Arnautovic.
AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Ballo-Toure; Bennacer, Tonali; Castillejo, Krunic, Leao; Ibrahimovic.
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