The first half of the 2020-2021 finished with Milan first in the standings. The so called project could be considered ahead of schedule and the work done in the 2020 calendar year historic. Can it continue? The style of play, togetherness and the youth and experience mix has looked promising and despite numerous injury, COVID-19 cases and indeed questionable referee and VAR decisions Milan have surpassed expectations. Opposition fans are feeling the pressure and accusations of penalty favours at a high.
The January window will be over soon but it has been a busy one and continued the low cost, loan heavy mix of youth and experience. Questions still remain in its final few days, especially if the problem right wing spot can be given consideration. Any Castillejo replacement may need to wait until the summer while this teams grapples with absentees and tries to get back on track after losses in the Coppa and Serie A.
In the pandemic days of two matches a week it always seemed questionable to use players like Kjaer in the Coppa and as it turned out he needed to substituted in the Inter game and will miss two or three weeks. Tomori, the newcomer, was thrown into the cauldron and showed promise in relief. Now he needs to play more games because Musacchio has left to Lazio and Gabbia remains out injured. The Canadian born defender and Romagnoli are the only healthy central defender on the squad. Calabria and Theo will play as full backs. Bennacer has recovered but is likely to only be on the bench as Tonali and Kessie get the starts. Diaz is another name on the injury list and although news came that Calhanoglu has tested negative for COVID-19 and is available it may be too late for him to start versus Bologna. Predictions call for a Leao start but that probably means that the 4-2-3-1 won’t be that because Leao is not exactly an attacking midfielder. No matter who starts in behind or besides Ibra the likelihood remains that Rebic and Saelemaekers will be on sides or wings.
Bologna have slid down the standings with only one win in two months. Roberto Soriano is their leader and will be the danger man alongside Musa Barrow and Riccardo Orsolini.
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