A completely revolutionized AC Milan squad hosts Lazio at San Siro tonight for the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.
“Now or never again“. That’s how Suso expressed himself on Instagram, on the eve of the Coppa Italia’s semi-final against Lazio. An appeal, a hope, an invite to give everything in a match that decides who will progress to the final. A match that Milan should face with a completely revolutionized team, starting from the game system: no more 4-3-3 but 3-4-3.
REINA AND NOT GIGIO, CALDARA BACK – According to reports by MilanNews.it, coach Gennaro Gattuso should trust Pepe Reina and not Donnarumma to defend the Rossoneri goal. But the real surprise of the new formation is going to be the return of Mattia Caldara. The former Atalanta should play at the center of the defense, alongside Musacchio and Romagnoli.
FOUR-MAN MIDFIELD, OUT PAQUETA – Considering coach Gattuso’s statements in the press conference before Milan-Lazio, the presence of Lucas Paqueta from the first minute seemed very likely, instead Rino seems to have chosen differently. A four-man midfield with Calabria and Laxalt on the flanks and the rocky duo Kessie-Bakayoko at the center. A solid and compact quartet in support of the attacking trio.
CASTILLEJO AND NOT CALHANOGLU – The department with less changes will be the attack, with Suso and Piatek confirmed and only one modification compared to the forecasts. Castillejo and not Calhanoglu will be the starting left winger. The Spaniard has probably convinced Gattuso with his performance against Parma.
AC MILAN (3-4-3): Pepe Reina; Musacchio, Caldara, Romagnoli; Calabria, Kessie, Bakayoko, Laxalt; Suso, Piatek, Castillejo.
LAZIO (3-5-2): Strakosha; Bastos, Luiz Felipe, Acerbi; Romulo, Milinkovic, Leiva, Luis Alberto, Lulic; Correa, Immobile