Cagliari usually play in 4-4-2 diamond system, but for this game they will either use a young and inexperienced striker or change to 5 midfielders.
Forwards Ibarbo and Pinilla are suspended, while striker Nene is still injured. In this conditions they will rely only on Sau upfront for opening Milan’s defense. Coach Pulga has the option of agglomerating the midfield by using Ibraimi or Cabrera, usually only reserves.
It will be very difficult for Cagliari, given the reduced offensive potential, to find their way against Milan’s solid defense.
In defense things aren’t looking any better. The talks about best defender Astori transferring out have increased lately and names like Manchester United keep popping out. Of course Astori is a bit absent minded on the field with all this fuss around him.
Although Milan won only 1-0 last round against Verona the game was totally one sided and they deserved more. Defensively Milan seem impenetrable at times and even Atletico Madrid (future Champions League opponents) will have huge troubles scoring against them. Where does that leave a mediocre Serie A side, like Cagliari, without 3 forwards?
Offensively there are still a few things to be improved. The most important one is maybe finding a replacement for Robinho who is far away from his past performances. Meanwhile Robinho is good enough to deal with a team like Cagliari that concedes 1.45 goals per game…
I believe Milan learned a thing or two from the away game at Sassuolo 2 rounds ago, when they heavily underestimated the opponent (lost 4-3). Milan to win at 10/11 from Paddy Power surely deserves some medium stakes.
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