With Champions League qualification unlikely, AC Milan have no other option but victory against Bologna.
After the disastrous defeat against Torino, AC Milan are now 7-th in the Serie A standings. Champions League qualification looks very far with Torino, Atalanta and Roma in advantage. Still, the Rossoneri must give everything in the remaining 4 league games to exploit any possible mistake of their opponents in the Champions race.
Despite the very disappointing performance with Torino, coach Gennaro Gattuso will not change game system for Milan-Bologna. Even for this match Rino will deploy Milan with the old 4-3-3 formation we’ve seen so far.
Many changes in defence. Captain Romagnoli is suspended for the match so Zapata takes his spot at the center alongside Mateo Musacchio. Davide Calabria is injured and will stay out for the remaining of the season while Caldara has underwent knee surgery (ACL damage) and will need 6 months to recover. Abate returns in the starting eleven because Andrea Conti is not fully fit.
Surprisingly, but not so much considering his delay in training a few days ago, Bakayoko will be on the bench and Lucas Biglia takes his spot in front of the defence. Lucas Paqueta and Franck Kessie complete the department.
Hakan Calhanoglu will be moved again in attack. The Turkish international, together with Suso, will be in support of Piatek. Coach Gennaro Gattuso has decided to abandon his initial idea with two strikers.
AC MILAN (4-3-3): Donnarumma, Abate, Zapata, Musacchio, Rodriguez, Kessie, Biglia, Paqueta, Calhanoglu, Suso, Piatek.
BOLOGNA (4-2-3-1): Skorupski, Calabresi, Danilo, Lyanco, Dijks, Poli, Pulgar, Orsolini, Dzemaili, Sansone, Palacio.