AC Milan’s predicted XI against Bologna in Serie A opening game
AC Milan will travel to the Stadio Renato dall’Ara to face Bologna in the Serie A’s 2023-24 season first game in six days.
The pre-season friendlies ended in a mixed bag of results and reactions; the main focus now of head coach Stefano Pioli is to find an ideal starting eleven for the opening game of the new season.
New signings are safe and sound; some have proven glimpses of their qualities, with goals and convincing performances, while the Rossoneri’s current stars may look to face tough competition.
The report claims that Mike Maignan will be in goal with Pierre Kalulu, Malick Thiaw, Fikayo Tomori, and Theo Hernandez as the back four. Davide Calabria is expected to be omitted, having just returned from a muscle issue.
In midfield, Rade Krunic should operate at the base of the new-look trio, while Pioli will put his faith in the two summer signings, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tijjani Reijnders, as the right and left, respectively.
Captain America Christian Pulisic will handle the attacking line as he will get the nod on the right wing, with Rafael Leao on the left wing and Olivier Giroud up front.
The only real doubt is the one between Kalulu and Calabria, while Samuel Chukwueze is expected to come off the bench, given he is still at 100%.
Probable Milan XI (4-3-3): Maignan; Kalulu, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Reijnders; Pulisic, Giroud, Leao.