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AC Milan Face Atalanta In Coppa Italia Quarters As Gabbia Is Thrown Right In

The Rossoneri will want to secure the next step to get closer to silverware but have stumbled against their fellow Lombardian side.

Empoli FC v AC Milan - Serie A TIM Photo by Claudio Villa/AC Milan via Getty Images

AC Milan host Atalanta at the San Siro tonight for the quarter final fixture in the Coppa Italia. The Rossoneri were stunned by Atalanta on the road last month by a last minute back heel and will be looking for revenge. The game potentially is a return for Charles de Ketelaere - if fit - to the San Siro as the focal point for Atalanta with Ademola Lookman at AFCON and Gialuca Scamacca injured.

Matteo Gabbia played six minutes over the weekend but is really being thrown into the deep end by Stefano Pioli in a tough match. The defender should know the system and seems to be above Simon Kjaer in the pecking order despite being away for the first half of the season. Alex Jimenez retains his place in the starting eleven after two confident and impressive performances since his call up from the Primavera.

Luka Jovic scored a brace in the first Coppa Italia game for Milan and the fans will be hoping for the Serbian to repeat this feat to get us past the annoying bunch from Bergamo. Yunus Musah also gets his first start since returning from injury replacing Yacine Adli.

Expected Line Up (4-3-3): Maignan, Calabria, Gabbia, Hernandez, Jimenez, Loftus-Cheek, Musah, Reijnders, Pulisic, Jovic, Leao.