Another night at San Siro, another complex and high-intensity match. AC Milan host Jurić's Torino, a team that, in these first nine games of the season, have shown that they can play against all comers. On the eve of matchday ten in Serie A, and the second midweek round of the season, we analyse the most interesting duels that the fixture offers us.
CIPRIAN TĂTĂRUŞANU vs VANJA MILINKOVIĆ-SAVIĆ
AC Milan v Torino is a match that pits two goalkeepers against each other who, with their respective jerseys, have never started as "first choices" in the role. Ciprian took over the Rossoneri goalkeeping duties after Maignan’s injury. Two appearances, between Hellas Verona and Bologna, four goals conceded and six saves made, a save percentage of 60%. Same thing for Vanja, who was promoted to first-choice this season after Sirigu's farewell: in nine games he has conceded ten goals, produced 15 saves, equalising the save percentage of the Rossonero, 60%.
FIKAYO TOMORI vs GLEISON BREMER
Two pillars of their respective rearguards, two defenders with similar characteristics: fast, skilled in the air and athletically disruptive. Fikayo Tomori is, with statistics on his side, leads the Rossoneri for tackles won (17), balls intercepted (17), passes made (481) and defensive blocks (20). For his part, Bremer stands out among the Granata for defensive blocks (26) and shots rejected (4). Two technical leaders whose impact on their respective departments is of the highest level.
SANDRO TONALI vs TOMMASO POBEGA
The Rossoneri number 8, in his second season with the club, will reach the milestone of 50 official appearances against the Granata. In the current season, in which he has already distinguished himself as the MVP for the month of September, Tonali is the first among the Rossoneri for passes in the attacking half (212) and for crosses made (37). Pobega, the midfielder on loan from AC Milan, is confirming in the Granata shirt the good things done with Spezia last season. Tommaso is one of four midfielders born after 1999 to have scored at least eight goals in Serie A, along with Dejan Kulusevski, Hamed Traore and Nicolò Zaniolo.
OLIVIER GIROUD vs ANTONIO SANABRIA
The two spearheads. Against Verona, Giroud confirmed his excellent feeling with San Siro, and tomorrow he could become the second AC Milan player in the three points per win era to score in each of his first three Serie A home appearances, after Mario Balotelli in 2013. Sanabria filled in for the injured Belotti by scoring two goals and providing one assist in the first nine matchdays: the Paraguayan is fifth in Serie A for shots attempted (27) and the first among the Granata for shots on target (11). An interesting piece of trivia: Antonio Sanabria's last three goals in Serie A have all come from an assist by Cristian Ansaldi, who will miss tomorrow’s match due to a muscle problem.
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