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Matchday II Preview: Parma v Milan

Donadoni's men are wounded but not beaten.

Pier Marco Tacca

Roberto Donadoni's men opened the season with a loss to newly promoted Cesena.  The last time Milan won the Scudetto they two opened the season with a loss to the Little Seahorses.  Now I am not saying Parma is scudetto material but they were one of the surprise teams last season.  Donadoni had his men in good form and the balance of the team made him what I considered the right man for the AC Milan job.  Instead he soldiers on and continues to improve the squad despite player sales and attrition.

One player who will have an odd go is Jonathan Bibiany who in the eleventh hour of the transfer season was holding up a Milan scarf only to be kept at Parma.  In hindsight Emiliga Romagna is a beautiful place.  Parma's biggest acquisition of the offseason was former Milan target Francesco Lodi who says he sees a changed Milan, a provincial Milan.  Now for many that would be a jab but for me I think this is the cutting edge and "eye of the tiger" that Milan needs to move forward.  He claims, "they no longer have prima donnas." What he doesn't realize is they can't afford them!

Come Sunday Inzaghi will have Fernando Torres at his disposal and the question becomes does he play from the start and in what formation.  If Stephen El Sharaawy does not recover from his ankle jury one could argue a 4-3-1-2, but the best bet is stick to the 4-3-3 and keep things consistent.  This means both Menez and Honda can play as follows:

Lopez; Abate, Rami, Alex, Armero; Muntari, DeJong, Poli; Honda, Torres, Menez

I don't make predictions so I leave it to you.