SPORTING ALERT – The following are the starting lineups for today’s International Champions Cup pre-season friendly game between AC Milan and Inter Milan at Shenzhen City Stadium.
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The two Italian giants are playing in their opening ICC game of the summer.
Among the highlighted starters for AC Milan are Keisuke Honda and Alessandro Matri who will start as the main supporters for M’Baye Niang as he seeks to convince his boss that he is the man to lead the attacking line, as the rumours about Zlatan Ibrahimovic heats up.
Holland hard-tackling defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong and Italian Andrea Poli will control things in the heart of the midfield, with Andrea Bertolacci also joining them.
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez starts in goal, with Davide Calabria, Alex, Rodrigo Ely and Mattia De Sciglio playing in front of him.
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini has named a young squad for this encounter, with the likes of Razvan Popa and Pedro Delgado getting the chance to prove to the manager that they are ready to play with the first team.
Juan Pablo Carrizo will start in goal for Mancini’s side, with Marco Andreolli leading the backline, along with Davide Santon, Popa and Yuto Nagatomo.
Both managers will have a pretty strong bench to choose from with Philippe Mexes, Suso, Cristian Zapata, Riccardo Montolivo, Alessio Cerci, Luca Antonelli and Christian Abbiati available for AC Milan.
Inter Milan will have the services of Samir Handanovic, Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Icardi, Mateo Kovacic, Freddy Guarin, Andrea Ranocchia, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Hernanes to choose from as the game ticks on.
These clubs finished is disappointing positions last season in the Italian Serie A, which was dominated by Juventus.
AC Milan finished in 10th place, while Inter were eighth in the points standings.