Date: 16 January 2019
Time: 18.30 CET, 12:30 PM Eastern, 17.30 UTC
Venue: King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Milan will take on Juventus in the Supercoppa today, in a match that is probably nothing more than a glorified friendly with a little bragging rights associated with it. If Juventus wins, whatever, they’re the favored team. If Milan wins, however, then we can take it as a sign that the rest of the season will be great, right?
Unfortunately, what most people will be paying attention to about this match won’t be the game itself, but rather who will be playing in it. Gonzalo Higuain has been rumored to be off to Chelsea, with the on-loan Argentina striker swapping a loan at Milan to a loan in West London. Because of the rumors, all the focus will be on if he will be playing, and if he’s absent, then the rumors will absolutely explode. It doesn’t help that when asked, Gennaro Gattuso said that Higuain had not asked him for a transfer, leaving open the possibility that Higuain had asked Leonardo, Milan’s General Manager, for a move away from Milan.
So what kind of squad will we see today? Yes, it’s a little more than a glorified friendly, but with the Supercoppa being played abroad, the FIGC will surely be putting pressure on both clubs to feature most of their regular first team, so expect to see a relatively strong side, something similar to what you’d see for a match in the Europa League.
Milan have a chance to put one over on Juventus, and winning this match could have a good positive influence on the rest of the season. However, losing it isn’t a big deal at all, so even if it doesn’t end up the way we all want, so what.