Week 22: Milan – Bologna

Milan – Bologna Saturday January 27 2024 20:45CET

Milan have managed a winning streak that continues to solidify a possible top three finish. It needed a last minute Okafor goal to get the three points at Udinese but he and other sub Jovic extended the 2024 winning run. The game was marred by racist gestures aimed at Maignan however. Such so called fans continue to defy logic because supposedly they are fans of teams who obviously include players of all colours.

Alexis Saelemaekers is not 100% and may not start for Bologna but the Milan loanee has done relatively well for Bologna. Bologna’s star player is Joshua Zirkzee who is somewhat randomly linked to Milan in the team’s continued search for a younger forward. Notwithstanding the fact that Bayern Munich have a buy back option the Dutch player will not come cheap. Observers claim that Milan will monitor the player in this game, it is somehow implied that many, including Milan’s management, hope he does well against Milan. This obviously would defy common sense.

The winning run will push Pioli to start the same 11 as the last weeks. This mean Maignan, Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia and Theo form the back line with Adli and Reijnders as pivots in the 4-2-3-1. Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Leao and Giroud will start up front. Despite being in relative good form the latter has an outside chance of leaving Milan this summer and perhaps head to the MLS in North America. The French forward certainly needs more rest and it is debatable if Milan should continue with both Okafor and Jovic next season. This January transfer window has not unexpectedly been quiet but expect another busy summer. Perhaps with slightly more certainty about a future stadium.

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