AC Milan vs Verona: Can Verona surprise Milan?



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AC Milan vs Verona: Can Verona surprise Milan?

What happened to AC Milan in recent weeks? The second-placed team of Serie A, which started the season much better than expected, is facing terrible personnel problems, so Stefano Pioli is in real agony when it comes to assembling players for today's match with Verona.

The last on the list of players that an experienced strategist cannot count on is Brahim Diaz, who was positive after testing for coronavirus. Just two days ago, Theo Hernandez was positive and he became infected during his recent national team duties, thus joining players who are out due to injuries.

At the moment, they are Mike Maignan, Alessandro Plizzari, Alessandro Florenzi, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Junior Messias. The good news, which arrived yesterday, is that right back David Calabria recovered for the match, and it is similar with Rade Krunić, while Ibrahimović started training.

However, the Swede will not be on the team. Brahim Diaz's injury will make additional changes in the team, so Daniel Maldini should join Saelemaekers and Rebić in the offensive part of the midfield, while Olivia Giroud will be at the top as a striker.

In the past few days, there has been controversy about when Pioli will be able to put in the team against a reborn opponent. Verona is undefeated in four rounds, and a strong victory over Spezia (4: 0) announced that this team could soon go on a campaign to the top of the table.

Favorite

Milan is not as big a favorite as they were before the start of the national team break, but despite that, everything except their victory would be a serious surprise. There is no doubt that the Rossoneri audience will be supporting their team even more than at the very start of the season.

According to the latest announcements, Pioli should perform the following team in the 4-2-3-1 formation: Tatarusanu - Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Balo Toure - Tonali, Kessie - Saelemaekers, Maldini, Rebic - Giroud. Milan got off to a great start this season and for now, they are competitors for the Scudetto.

The question is how long they will be able to play at this pace, given that previous seasons were also competitive but then came a huge decline in the second part of the season. If there are fewer injuries in the team, and fewer cases with coronavirus, they will certainly have a good chance of remaining at the top of the table until the end of the season.