As the international break is currently ongoing, Marco Giampaolo has had some time to work with an alternative squad at the Milanello, consisting of the players that didn’t receive the call for their respective national team. As a result of this, we could see some fundamental changes against Hellas Verona.
The hectic transfer market is now over and the Rossoneri will be able to focus fully on the season. However, it is also time for the manager to prove his worth with the players at his disposal, as the management are unable to help him anymore. According to the latest rumours, we could see some changes to the lineup.
The San Siro side will face Hellas Verona away from home next weekend, and after getting the three points against Brescia last time out, they will look to grab another win. Thus far, Giampaolo has been pretty careful with his choices for the starting eleven, making sure that the players understand his system before putting them into action.
Against Hellas Verona, as suggested by La Gazzetta Dello Sport, we could get to see the eleven that the manager will use moving forward. Starting with the defence, Giampaolo is expected to bring in Duarte and Hernandez, who would play in the middle and on the left respectively.
In other words, Romagnoli would get a new partner at the back, while Rodriguez would be sent to the bench as expected after starting the first two games on the left (Hernandez has recovered from his injury). In addition to the captain, Calabria will also keep his spot in the back four.
The midfield, on the other hand, will pretty much remain intact except for one change. Instead of Calhanoglu, Paqueta will most likely start to the left, while Bennacer and Kessie will complete the trio. The latter two played from start against Brescia, while the Brazilian impressed after coming on in the second half.
Up front, if the reports are true, things get interesting. In the last day of the transfer market, the Rossoneri brought in Ante Rebic from Eintracht Frankfurt. According to Gazzetta, the Croatian could be thrown straight into the starting eleven, playing to the left. Hopefully, along with Suso and Piatek, a deadline trio will be formed.
Likely AC Milan XI vs. Verona (4-3-2-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Duarte, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer, Paqueta; Suso, Rebic; Piatek.
It remains to be seen how the eleven will look in the end, though there are really only a few question marks: Duarte and Rebic. The defender did well during pre-season but is yet to be tested properly. Perhaps, the game against the newly-promoted Verona side will be a good place to start.
As for the Croatian, he is yet to train with Giampaolo at Milanello as he is currently on international duty. In fact, since Gazzetta’s report came out, other outlets have contradicted the claims, suggesting that Rebic’s first game will be the derby against Inter in two weeks.
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