Week 15: Genoa – Milan
Two games a week and a long ever changing injury list have combined to make it hard for Milan. Two Serie A losses in a row and seven goals allowed have the fans and the team concerned. A Champions League win in between versus Atletico was a welcome and needed three points however.
It is not easy to keep track of the team injury news and possible line up changes they bring. The probable line up for this week 15 match has been already much debated even though the week 14 match came just three days before it.
Maignan’s speedy recovery has him in goal of course. Calabria’s injury forced a change in the weekend, it came to be Florenzi but Kalulu has shown more and should start this time. Tomori makes a welcome return from injury and regains his spot from Romagnoli. The latter had at best a mixed performance versus Sassuolo. The captain scored Milan’s lone goal but struggled defensively. Kjaer and Hernandez round off the back four.
Bennacer hasn’t looked his best and seems to have a knock now as well. Kessie and Tonali will get the call. The front four is shaping up to be even less predictable. Diaz might be on the bench in favour of Krunic or Messias. This means that the under performing Saelemaekers might sit too with both the aforementioned starting. There is also some thought that Leao will be given a day off. He, much like the rest of team, is certainly feeling the burden of the fixture list. Giroud is also injured. Ibra has played many minutes in the last days and weeks but may need to start again. Pellegri hasn’t been really used and is unlikely to be tried from the start. The loanee may not even stay at Milan beyond January if reports are to be believed.
Sheva is now in charge of Genoa and it will be odd to see the Milan legend in the Serie A but not associated with Milan. The Ukrainian took charge of Genoa after an ownership change and will be coaching his third match after a home loss to Roma and a tie away to Udinese.
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