Sampdoria - AC Milan: A debut for AC Milan saviour

AC Milan gear up for their first game post Sinisa Mihajlovic as they look to arrest their downturn in form.

Sampdoria - AC Milan: A debut for AC Milan saviour
Bonaventura can be vital for Brocchi's formation Photo:

Milan’s recent slumps caused the sacking of their Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, Sampdoria won the last match against Udinese which let them clear off the relegation scare for one more round.

Cristian Brocchi the new manager of AC Milan is starting to use new method to impress the management and the fans.

A win could see the San Siro fans smile again and hope for a chance to book the last ticket for Europe. Can Brocchi do it against Vincenzo Montella’s men?

The Luigi Ferraris stadium will host the match between Sampdoria and AC Milan, the debut game for the new manager Cristian Brocchi who took over the team following the sacking of Sinisa Mihajlovic following the loss against champions Juventus.

Brocchi will have a tough job in transforming the team and replacing a coach loved by his players. Brocchi stated that he always likes to play with a trequartista, a style of play was tested with Mihajlovic. A formation which will allow Brocchi to promote the primavera players for this space.

Brocchi will have his debut against Sampdoria this round Photo:
Brocchi will have his debut against Sampdoria this round Photo:

On the ther side, Sampdoria are facing a disappointing season following their bad start which also caused the sacking of Walter Zenga last november. Montella, the current manager, is trying to stay away from the relegation zone in which they are eight points clear. Their last win against Udinese gave them a huge hope for their fight for the next few rounds.

Press conference highlights

Montella’s press conference which was held earlier this day , discussed the situation at Milan and how change of management can happen in football.

Also, he ruled out Anotnio Cassano from this match as he suffered a slight problem during training. Montella warned that his players need to watch out for Mario Balotelli’s talent claiming that he “can pull something out of the hat”. And finally, he said his team not far from the relegation zone and warns against complacency.

Brocchi's press conference saw him feature for the first time as Milan manager, and started off with the knowledge he has about Sampdoria. He also admired the ex-manager Mihajlovic for the work he has done for the team and stating that he wont “wipe out” what he did.

Newspapers suggested that, brocchi’s arrival means that Milan will enter games with a trquartista in midfield, yet the manager says its possible but it wont feature in all games. Counting on Bonnaventura or The japanese midfielder to fill the trequartista position. Among the questions in the press conference was of course mario Balotelli, Brocchi responds that there are “no more chances”, and “Balotelli should show he truly cares about the Milan jersey he is wearing".

Expected Lineup

Sampdoria (3-5-2):Viviano; Diakite, Ranocchia, Moisander; De Silvestri, Soriano, Krsticic, Barreto, Dodo; Muriel, Quagliarella

Milan  (4-3-1-2): Donnarumma; Abate, Alex, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Bonaventura , Montolivo, Kucka; Honda; Bacca, Balotelli

Will Sampdoria win and clinch another season in Serie A, or can Milan record an away win in Brocchi’s debut and fight till the end for a Europa League spot?