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The big match that will conclude the very first part of Serie A 2022-2023 will see AC Milan and Napoli face off in a match between the best teams seen in the first six days of the championship; both, however, will be without their two top men: Pioli, in fact, will miss Rafael Leao due to disqualification, while Spalletti will have to do without Victor Osimhen due to injury.
Who loses the most
Leao is, without a doubt, the most decisive and devastating player in Serie A and his absence, whether you want it or not, will generate a loss of the absolute value of Milan, considering that Pioli does not have the immediate alternatives to replace him: both Rebic and Origi, in fact, they are injured; instead of the Portuguese, the Rossoneri coach could field Saekemaekers on the left or go to 4-2-3-1 with the double attacking midfielder De Ketelaere-Brahim Diaz. Spalletti, for his part, can do without Osimhen by deploying either a real striker like Simeone, also capable of going deep like the Nigerian, or a faster striker like Raspadori.
What a match to expect
It is clear that, starting from these premises, it is Milan who lose the most without Leao … But Pioli’s team has often and willingly demonstrated that they know how to find even more strength from difficulties of this type and to be able to make up for the shortcomings through the convinced awareness of the mental and technical-tactical principles to which Tonali and his companions have been accustomed for months; We can therefore expect a technical and fast AC Milan, strong in the contrasts, perhaps less devoted to restarts, but capable of hurting in different ways. Napoli, on the other hand, will focus on possession and the strength of his, Kvaratskhelia in the first place, focusing on the lack of Milan’s best player so as not to be afraid to push forward.