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Roma will end their season in Australia at the end of the month in a friendly against Milan: here’s who will lead the Rossoneri

Giulio Benatti26 May 9.57pm

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Daniele Bonera will lead Milan in the friendly match in Australia against Roma, replacing Stefano Pioli –

If the Italian championship ends with the trip to Empoli, Roma’s overall season will continue until the end of the month, when Svilar and his teammates will fly to Australia to face Milan in Perth. A challenge that few Roma fans will be able to afford to see live given the distance that is not exactly easy to bridge. But then these are the tasks of modern football. The match will also be an opportunity to pay homage to the memory of the great Agostino Di Bartolomei, former player of both teams. The appointment is therefore for Friday 31 May in Western Australia and to be precise at the Optus Stadium (capacity of 65 thousand), a place where the many expatriate compatriots will certainly warmly welcome the two teams.

However, an unusual date for a friendly match. Especially this year, with the 2024 European Championships in Germany just around the corner. De Rossi will only issue the call-ups once the championship is over, it is certainly easy to foresee that many players may not participate in the test match due to the constraints that see them involved with their respective national teams. But that’s how it is if you like. Given that the friendly match will still have to be respected at least for the commercial value it entails. Obviously the absence of some big players will take away the charm of the match, but this aspect will certainly have been taken into account a priori. Meanwhile, the facility is already sold out.

A discussion that is not only valid for Roma, but even more so for Milan. Jerry Cardinale’s team is the most involved in terms of the commercial value of the event, given that it will earn a few million euros from it. However, he will appear without the Scudetto coach, Stefano Pioli, who has not been confirmed recently. In his place, Daniele Bonera, 42 years old, for his first as Rossoneri coach. Once the experience is complete, Bonera will then return to being the trainer of the B team. Soon, in the meantime, the call-ups will be issued taking into account injured players, general state of form, extra commitments and above all national call-ups.

Certainly the big absentee is Mike Maignan, who will not get on the plane because he is unavailable. Another who will enjoy the same fate will be Christian Pulisic, involved in other commercial initiatives of the club. Others who will not be part of the test match will certainly be Simon Kjaer and Olivier Giroud, both close to being released. Obviously the many Rossoneri fans around the world would like to enjoy the presence of the big names, such as Theo Hernandez or Rafa Leão. But even for these aces of the Milanese team, their presence remains in doubt. Those who will certainly be there are Fykayo Tomori and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, excluded from the continental tournament.

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