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Coppa Italia: Milan Face Crotone In Round 4

Midweek match for Milan that will face Crotone in Round 4 of Coppa Italia.

Luiz Adriano celebrates his goal against Sampdoria.
Luiz Adriano celebrates his goal against Sampdoria.
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Three days after their amazing 4-1 victory against Sampdoria, AC Milan will be back on the field in fourth round of Coppa Italia facing Crotone, one of the best teams in the Serie B so far this season.

Serie B standings snapshot dec 1

Crotone are statistically one of the best team in the Serie B and they're just one point behind Cagliari.

Despite being considered as the favorites for this game, the rossoneri should pay attention to their opponents due to the win-or-go-home formula of the Coppa Italia if they want to continue their adventure in the tournament, which is one of their seasonal goals.

Siniša Mihajlović will deploy a completely different team compared to Saturday night's squad, especially from a tactical standpoint. In effect, the rossoneri will be back to 4-3-3 with a brand new lineup at each position. Luiz Adriano, Suso and Keisuke Honda will form a lightweight offensive trio trying to take advantage of their technique and quickness against a defense that should not be used to these kind of forwards; at midfield, José Mauri, Antonio Nocerino and Andrea Poli will try to use their athleticism to keep the control of the ball and put pressure on them; Christian Abbiati, Philippe Mexès and Cristian Zapata will guide a solid defensive line also formed by Mattia De Sciglio and Davide Calabria as fullbacks.

Starting XI

Milan (4-3-3)

Abbiati; Calabria, Mexès, Zapata, De Sciglio; Poli, Mauri, Nocerino; Suso, Luiz Adriano, Honda.

Crotone (3-4-3)

Cordaz; Yao, Cremonesi, Ferrari; Balasa, Paro, Martella, Barberis; Torromino, Palladino, De Giorgio.