The Champions League kicks off in less than 2 weeks and AC Milan have already named their squad for the prestigious tournament. The Rossoneri buoyed by the recent summer signings have named a squad without any major surprises.
The only notable absentee is USA defender Oguchi ‘the gooch ‘Onyewu. The defender made only one appearance for Milan last season after sustaining a knee injury while on international duty.
Following his injury, Onyewu decide to play for the Italian giants completely free for an entire season. Allegri kept faith with players who were supposedly out of contract and on their way out of the San Siro.
The full list is as follows:
Gaolkepeers: Abbiati, Amelia Roma
Defenders: Nesta, Sokratis, Oddo, Jankulovski, Zambrotta, Thiago Silva, Bonera, Yeppes, Antonini
Midfielders: Gatusso, Seerdorf, Pirlo, Flamini, Boateng, Abate, Ambrosini
Strikers: Inzaghi, Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Ronaldinho
Jankulovski and Oddo were two of the players who were to leave the club this summer after their contracts run out. It however appears that Milan has had a change of heart and included them in their squad.
In case you are wondering why Pato is not in the list, he has been included in the b list. I was just as shocked to find out about it but apparently, it only means he is there because of his age. The B-list is for young players who have been at the club for some time but who are still eligible to play in the tournament.
Milan face Auxerre on the the 15th of this month at the San Siro in what is expected to be a tough opening fixture. Auxerre made it to the Champions League after finishing 4th in the Ligue 1 last season.
It will be a must win match for Milan if they are to progress from a group that also includes Real Madrid and Ajax.
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