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The Milan team which should start against Juventus

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Milan will face Juventus on Wednesday night in their quest for a first Scudetto in a decade.

The Rossoneri remain undefeated in Serie A this season and started 2021 with a courageous and relentless victory over Benevento this weekend. They must now sack the team that have dominated the league over the past decade in order to stay ahead of Inter, who sit just one point behind them in second.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a key role in changing the pace at Milan, but Stefano Pioli’s youth is thriving without the 39-year-old who has been injured since late November.

And despite the inconsistency that hampers Juve this season, form will come out of the window in a clash as important as this. Here’s how Milan could line up for the game.

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Donnarumma has kept five clean sheets in Serie A this season | Danilo Di Giovanni / Getty Images

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – The 21-year-old has been huge for Milan this season and is playing like a veteran. With the big clubs circling around, they need to get him to sign a new deal immediately.

Davide Calabria (RB) – Calabria turned the tide in Milan and are in the form of their lives this season. Given the license to advance, he becomes an impressive offensive back.

Simon Kjaer (CB) – Milan had to do without Kjaer towards the back of 2020 and missed their experience at the back. The 31-year-old is a veteran of the head among the youngsters and stabilizes the ship.

Alessio Romagnoli (CB) – The captain leads the charge on defense and has formed an incredible partnership with Kjaer. Tireless.

Théo Hernandez (LB) – Hernandez is operating quietly as one of the best full-backs in Europe this season. He has already collected four goals and three assists this season and, like Calabria, thrives with the freedom to move forward.

Franck Kessie
Kessie is Milan’s general midfielder | Francesco Pecoraro / Getty Images

Rade Krunic (DM) – With Ismael Bennacer injured and Sandro Tonali suspended, Krunic has a chance to claim his place in the starting XI.

Franck Kessie (DM) – Kessie has been a standout performer in the midfield this season, but will need to take it to another level with his usual partners out of the race.

Samuel Castillejo (RM) The Spaniard has made his return as a substitute against Benevento, so will likely be able to make a debut against Juventus.

Hakan Calhanoglu (AM) – Calhanoglu is Milan’s creative force and thrills its attackers. He has landed seven assists so far and is to be linked with a new contract with his best years still ahead of him.

Ante Rebic (LM) – A utility man from Milan, Rebic never stops running and could be the key to the counterattack on his side.

Rafael Leao (ST) – Leao has taken on the central role in Ibrahimovic’s absence and is taking the opportunity. He has already scored four goals and three assists in Serie A and is well on his way to improving his record from last season. At only 21, he is one for the future.

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