Operation San Siro

José Mourinho will bring the doubts with him until a few hours before the kick-off. He must choose the best attack to try to put in trouble the central Milan, understand how to try to cage Leao and win the duels in midfield against a Tonali that in Salerno seemed fully master of the median.

If in the offensive department the main unknown concerns the jersey to be assigned alongside Paulo Dybala, with Tammy Abraham who could remain once again on the bench after the stop lap against Bologna in a match that saw him decisive with an incredible rescue in the final, in midfield the game seems already closed.

Mady Camara started anyway for Milan with the team but the ankle problems should exclude him from the contest for a place to start and then alongside Cristante there should be Nemanja Matic, one accustomed to challenges of this magnitude. A muscular median in front of the usual trio Mancini-Smalling-Ibanez to protect Rui Patricio, therefore, with Celik on the right to have to deal with Leao along with the former defender of Atalanta (Karsdorp, en route with Mourinho, is not even left for Milan) and a knot to untie regarding the opposite out, with Nipple in the runoff with El Shaarawy.

If it were not up to Abraham, it would be Zaniolo, recovered after the bruise to the knee, to represent the offensive reference for Mourinho: Indeed, for Foti, since the flatterer will qualify for the second day of disqualification and it will be up to his assistant to lead the team from the bench of the Scala del Calcio for the second time in two. In fact, he was there to give directions to Pellegrini and his team-mates in the match against Inter: he won Roma, suffering at the start and reversing the disadvantage with the goals of Dybala and Smalling. The central English will have to provide yet another level performance of his season on the lawn of Meazza. Pioli will return to the center of the attack that Olivier Giroud that Chris faced often in the Premier League, in a duel that promises sparks at a physical and technical level.

The Rossoneri coach said he doesn’t trust Roma at all: They are strong, complete, with important attacking physicality and qualities. With Napoli he lost only in the final, with Inter he won. We will respect you a lot». Pioli has not denied a reference to the danger of Roma on the finish («A feature that we must keep in high regard, we worked on»), which against Inter were decisive to blow up the bench with the goal of Smalling.

Mourinho will be hidden somewhere to watch the game, maybe outside that stadium that for two years was his winning ground in Inter. Twelve months ago, these days, after the defeat at the Rossoneri, he revealed that he had rejected the coach in the past. «It gives me a tremendous pleasure to have made that decision», he said. Now he hop