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Probable lineups for Udinese-Milan [Gazzetta dello Sport]
Finally, it is back; Milan is back, and another season of Serie A is upon us! Its been a long summer and many things have changed since we last saw our boys on the field. There were many faces in and out of the Milano this summer. For a great detailed break down of exactly who was in and out check out this breakdown from r/ACMilan. The biggest change is the resignation of Gennaro Gattuso and the appointment of Marco Giampaolo as manager by the new Technical Director, legend, Paolo Maldini.
After that, there have been the biggest additions of the offseason in Ismaël Bennacer, Rafael Leao, and Theo Hernandez. Bennacer just won player of the tournament for AFCON in helping lead Algeria to the title. Leao and Hernandez are both impactful young players that will be developed and look to be apart of the Milan project long term. Leao was in many ways brought in with the money that was received for the biggest departure of the season fro Milan in Patrick Cutrone. His sale to Wolves brought 20 million to Milan and though many were rightfully upset about the sale of the Milanisti, in the end, I think it was the right choice.
The selling of Cutrone plus the shedding of many dead weight players makes this year’s rost look very different in many ways. There still may be some movement in the Mercato with Milan trying to close the deal for Angel Correra from Atléti and hope to sell Andre Silva and Deigo Laxalt to fund the move. The new season starts and Giampaolo comes in with his preferred 4312 formation and for the first time in years, it feels like the Rossoneri will have a real style of play. Check this out if you want to get a tactical breakdown of the game tomorrow. Milan will look to press and retain possession on a broad level and while not perfect we should start to notice things like the shape and attacking patterns which Milan will build on for the rest of the season.
The final thing is that the starting lineup if like the one above leaves something to be desired. The only real criticism I have of Giampaolo up to this point is his starting XI. He says he has not had enough time with players like Bennacer and that’s why he is going to start the likes of Fabio Borini. I disagree that philosophy the best players should play and they will be able to learn the system. Sink or swim; we cannot leave the most talented and promising players on the bench. In reality, it’s the start of a crucial season that sees us with no European competition. Top 4 is a must. no excuse to not be playing in the Champions League next season.