Ballo-Touré to replace Theo against Napoli, Krunić and Messias likely to start on the wings behind Ibrahimović | Rossoneri Blog


Fodé Ballo-Touré during at Milanello. (

Fodé Ballo-Touré and Alessandro Florenzi will have the task of stopping Napoli’s wingers, while the usual midfield is set to start.

Milan-Napoli was supposed to be a game between the first and second in the standings, but both teams fell off in recent weeks, losing games and dropping points.

However, despite the fact that the winner of the game will still be unable to overtake Inter in the table, San Siro is about to host one of the biggest matches of the year tomorrow night.

Both sides have many absentees: Napoli have Mário Rui, Kalidou Koulibaly, Konstantinos Manolas, Fabián Ruiz, Victor Osimhen and Lorenzo Insigne out, while Milan will be without Alessandro Plizzari, Davide Calabria, Andrea Conti, Simon Kjær, Ante Rebić, Rafael Leão, Pietro Pellegri and most likely also Theo Hernández, who has not been training with the squad this week.

The Frenchman is suffering from flu symptoms and is not 100%. The decision on whether to include him in the squad will be made tomorrow morning, but in any case, Fodé Ballo-Touré, as reported by Sky and, is expected to play from the first minute, defending against Hirving Lozano.

Rade Krunić during training at Milanello. (

Alongside Ballo-Touré, there should be Alessio Romagnoli and Fikayo Tomori, while on the right side of the defense, Alessandro Florenzi is favored over Pierre Kalulu. In midfield, Sandro Tonali and Franck Kessié will play, as they often do in the important and big games, leaving Ismaël Bennacer and Tiémoué Bakayoko on the bench after a bad performance against Udinese last week.

In attack, Junior Messias is preferred over Alexis Saelemaekers, who has been dealing with bad form in the past few weeks, while Brahim Díaz and Rade Krunić are set to complete the line of trequartisti behind the sole striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, with Olivier Giroud waiting on the bench.

Probable XI: Mike Maignan; Alessandro Florenzi, Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli, Fodé Ballo-Touré; Franck Kessié, Sandro Tonali; Junior Messias, Brahim Díaz, Rade Krunić; Zlatan Ibrahimović.


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