AC Milan play the first leg of the knockout stage against Crvena Zvezda in Serbia. The Rossoneri will make a couple of changes.
On Thursday, at 18:55 CET, AC Milan face Crvena Zvezda in Serbia. The Europa League first leg will be the last match before the derby against Inter. Coach Stefano Pioli will make many changes to his usual starting elven.
Ciprian Tatarusanu made a great job replacing Donnarumma when he was suspended. Nevertheless, for Crvena Zvezda vs Milan, Gigio will return between the posts. Unlike the match with Spezia, Fikayo Tomori will start from the first minute alongside Romagnoli. Theo Hernandez will play on the left with Pierre Kalulu on the right. A rare chance for the French dfender to play in his natural position.
Soualiho will start again from the first minute in Crvena Zvezda vs Milan. Ismael Bennacer will take the other spot in midfield leaving Sandro Tonali on the bench.
Alexis Saelemaekers will be rested for the derby with Samu Castillejo playing on the right. Ante Rebic has returned to train with the rest of the squad and will start alongside Rade Krunic in the attacking midfielder position. The trio will be in support of Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian star will finally make his first minute debut after a couple of brief appearances.
AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma, Kalulu, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo; Meite, Bennacer (Tonali); Castillejo, Krunic, Rebic; Mandzukic.
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