MILAN (Sporting Alert) — Keisuke Honda starts for AC Milan in today’s Coppa Italia Cup clash against Spezia at the San Siro. The game will see interim boss Mauro Tassotti coaching the side, following the sacking of Massimiliano Allegri.
Honda, who made his debut off the bench in Sunday’s 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo, will start in midfield for today’s game, while fellow new recruit, Adil Rami starts in defence against the Serie B side.
With Mario Balotelli out, Robinho and Giampaolo Pazzini, who returns from a lengthy injury, lead the AC Milan attack, while the likes of Kaka, Cristián Zapata and Urby Emanuelson are all on the bench for the round of 16 tie.
AC Milan: Abbiati; Zaccardo, Mexes, Rami, De Sciglio; Poli, Montolivo, Cristante; Honda, Robinho; Pazzini. Subs: Amelia, Gabriel, Bonera, Silvestre, Zapata, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Birsa, Kakà, Petagna.
Spezia: Leali; Baldanzeddu, Bianchetti, Lisuzzo, Migliore; Seymur, Bovo; Schiattarella, Catellani, Rivas; Ferrari. Subs: Valentini, Madonna, Ceccarelli, Ashong, Moretti, Magnusson, Ciurria, Culina, Carrozza, Sammarco, Orsic, Borghese.