Milan returns from the international break with a tough assignment.
In the midst of a five-match unbeaten streak that has seen the Rossoneri climb to sixth in the Serie A table, Milan will face another side starting to heat up. Juventus is in the top 10 for the first time this season after a miserable start to the campaign. Saturday's battle in Turin will be a meeting of sixth and seventh place in the table.
This is an important match for Milan. The rest of the 2015 schedule offers a chance to take maximum points. To go into Turin and beat Juventus would give Milan an incredible boost and really apply pressure to the leaders in Serie A.
As such, Sinisa Mihajlovic should be fielding his best squad. Below is what could be Milan's best starting lineup for Juventus.
- Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma — This is going to be an interesting match for the 16-year-old goalkeeper. Donnarumma is going to face his boyhood idol in Gianluigi Buffon. He will line up across the field from the Italian legend, which could potentially be nerving for him. How Donnarumma handles the pressure could say a lot about where the young goalkeeper is right now..
- Right Back: Mattia De Sciglio — Some of Milan's biggest defensive blunders have been related to poor marking by De Sciglio. He will need to be at his best against Juventus.
- Center Back: Alex — If Alex is feeling good after a couple weeks off, he should be in there. He has played fairly well with Alessio Romagnoli in the center of defense.
- Center Back: Alessio Romagnoli — The Italian youngster has improved over the course of the season. He will need to be at his best against a Juventus attack eager to start putting the ball in the net excessively.
- Left Back: Luca Antonelli — Antonelli has been one of Milan's best players to this point in the season. He is locking down the left side of the defense while also overlapping in the attack.
- Right Midfielder: Juraj Kucka — Milan recalled Kucka from the Slovakian national team early. He has been hit or miss so far in his Milan career. Milan will need him to step up against Juventus' stacked midfield.
- Central Midfielder: Riccardo Montolivo — Montolivo has started to step up as the season has progressed. Nigel De Jong has not been involved lately because of Montolivo.
- Left Midfielder: Giacomo Bonaventura — It would be nice if Andrea Bertolacci was back, but he is not ready to go yet. That means Bonaventura has to be in the midfield. Look for him to move forward and get heavily involved in the attack.
- Right Wing: Keisuke Honda — Honda has hardly been impressive this season, but the veteran will probably get another shot to step up against Juventus. Coming in from the right wing, he should be able to create something.
- Striker: Carlos Bacca — Juventus has given up five goals this season. Bacca will need to force the issue if Milan is going to have a hope of hitting the net.
- Left Wing: Alessio Cerci — The formation shift has been important to Cerci's progression at Milan. He is now heavily involved and playing quite well. With Honda in, Cerci would probably move to the left.