Match Time: Saturday 12 P.M. Eastern US, 6 P.M (Italy time). GMT + 1
Match Location: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genova, Italy.
Milan will start their Coppa Italia journey facing Sampdoria in their stadium, a team that could be dangerous because their good football and their attack side can be a threat for us. However Milan will be ready to face them as Gattuso said that “the best players will be starting and all are mentally prepared”.
Moreover will be debut day for our new signing Lucas Paquetà as Gattuso said “He combines quality, physical strength & immediately understands, he’s intelligent tactically, has charisma and always wants the ball. I’m surprised. A great purchase”. Let’s hope Lucas will put all these attributes on the pitch today, we need him.
Furthermore Suso will not be available because of a groin inflammation, so Samu Castillejo will replace him in the right winger spot, Ivan Strinic will be in the bench as he returned from a heart injury that took him time to recover, Reina will give some rest to Donnarumma and Gonzalo Higuain hopes to repeat himself after his goal on Spal also Gattuso remarked the fact that Gonzalo has been training pretty hard despite all the market rumors, he’s focused on Milan.
In the Sampdoria side they have already started their Coppa Italia journey defeating first Serie C team Viterbese and then Spal, playing a good football and specially the attack side with Fabio Quagliarella who has scored in each of his nine appearances, including a brace over Bologna back in December.
In their previous matches for Coppa Italia at Luigi Ferraris, Milan managed to win 2-0 back in 2015 and 2-1 back in 2011. In this order of ideas we hope that these results will be repeated in today’s game. We will need concentration and accuracy in the attack side, I hope Milan will begin 2019 with a victory to increase the team’s morale ahead the Supercoppa final In Jedda against Juventus this wednesday.
Official Starting XI:
Sampdoria (4-3-1-2): Rafael; Sala, Andersen, Tonelli, Murru; Praet, Ekdal, Linetty; Ramirez; Quagliarella, Caprari. Coach: Giampaolo
Milan (4-3-3): Reina; Abate, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessié, Bakayoko, Paquetá; Castillejo, Higuain, Çalhanoglu. Coach: Gattuso