2021 didn't start in the best possible way for Milan. Despite the home defeat against Juventus, what really worries Pioli and all the Rossoneri supporters is the increasing number of injured players afflicting the team in its quest for Champions League qualification.
The next opponent in the club's path is Torino, guided by the "Maestro" Giampaolo, who didn't leave good memories during his time in Milan.
Milan are unbeaten in the last 24 Serie A home games against Torino (16 victories and 8 draws), and the last time the Granata won in Milan dates back to 1985, when Torino won 1-0 (goal scored by Schachner).
The two sides arrive to the game with different situations and feelings. Torino, after a bad start, is finally having good results with 3 draws and 1 victory in the last 4 Serie A games. On the other side, Milan are trying not to lose too many points in this difficult moment.
The latest news report that Calhanoglu suffered an ankle injury during the last game, that will force him to miss at least the next match. Ibrahimovic is improving his recovery and he's doing his best to come back for the Coppa Italia game on Tuesday. Saelemaekers and Bennacer will probably be back for the Cagliari game (18th January), while Rebic and Krunic need to get two negative Covid results before returning.
For these reasons, Pioli doesn't have many alternatives in choosing the starting 11; there will be only a few changes from the previous game. Tonali is back from suspension, moving Calabria back to RB and Diaz will replace Calhanoglu in midfield.
Instead, Giampaolo can count on all of his players; the main danger is definitely il gallo Belotti, joined by the former Rossonero Simone Verdi. On the left wing also one more former Rossonero is probably going to start, Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Kessié; Castillejo, Brahim Diaz, Hauge; Leao. Coach: Pioli
TORINO (3-5-1-1): Sirigu; Izzo, Lyanco, Bremer; Singo, Lukic, Rincon, Linetty, Rodriguez; Verdi; Belotti. Coach: Giampaolo