Date: 12 January 2019
Time: 18.00 CET, 12:00 PM Eastern, 17.00 UTC
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy
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Here’s the 23-man squad list ahead of the Coppa Italia clash at Luigi Ferraris stadium— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 11, 2019
Ecco i 23 convocati per gli Ottavi di finale di #TIMCup Sampdoria#SampdoriaMilan @BioscalinITA pic.twitter.com/X0aRKc3bgZ
Milan will take on Sampdoria later today in the Coppa Italia, with Sampdoria perhaps debuting a old friend. Manolo Gabbindini returned to the blucerchiati from time in the Premier League with Southampton.
Milan might also have a “new” face in the lineup, with Ivan Strinic included in the squad after coming back from a career, and life, threatening heart condition that was spotted by the medical staff at Milan.
Last year, Milan went all the way to the finals of the Coppa Italia, and will play in the Super Coppa in Saudi Arabia next week. Sampdoria and Milan, however, are locked into a battle for the European places in the Serie A table, with Milan sitting in fifth place on 31 points and Sampdoria is in 7th place with 29 points, two points and two spots behind the Rossoneri.
This match, however, will be the first one after the winter break, meaning that while Milan might want to give some of the fringe players a chance to prove themselves, it could also give an opportunity for the first team regulars to get some match fitness back after a few weeks off. Expect a few first team regulars with a dash of fringe players thrown in, so don’t read too much into any inclusions or exclusions in this match.
Whatever team goes down early might be tempted to switch off, figuring that a run in the league would be more important, so it will be important to get on the board first. As long as Milan can get an early goal and stay on top, they should be able to replicate something resembling the 3-2 win over Sampdoria from earlier in the season.