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Fiorentina vs. Milan: Lineups, Thread, Season Opener Angst

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Joaquin doesn't even make the bench, Gilberto starts, and Kalinic debuts ahead of Babacar as Sousa makes surprise selections galore

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Well this is a fascinating way to kick off the season, with a surprise package of a team from Fiorentina that could be a 4-2-3-1 OR a 3-4-3. Facundo Roncaglia and new boy Gilberto lead a host of unexpected starters, with Davide Astori and Mario Suarez both absent from the starting eleven.

It will be fascinating (and a little terrifying) to see how or if the attacking four favored by Paulo Sousa gel, with Josip Ilicic and Federico Bernardeschi the expected starting attackers to make the side. To look on the bright side, Sousa has some exciting attacking options on the bench, with Giuseppe Rossi and Khouma Babacar both ready if needed.

The absence of Joaquin from the squad at all is obviously the big story, and lends credence to recent rumors that he may be set for a return to Real Betis.

AC Milan are almost exactly as expected, as Sinisa Mihajlovic sets his side out in a 4-3-1-2.

Lineups

FIORENTINA (4-2-3-1): TATARUSANU; RONCAGLIA, GONZALO, TOMOVIC, ALONSO; BADELJ, BORJA VALERO; GILBERTO, ILICIC, BERNARDESCHI; KALINIC

Bench: Lezzerini, Sepe, Vecino, Rebic, Astori, Matias F., Fazzi, Suarez, Basanta, Rossi, Pasqual, Babacar

Milan (4-3-1-2): Diego Lopez; De Sciglio, Ely, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Bertolacci, De Jong, Bonaventura; Honda; Luiz Adriano, Bacca

Bench: Abbiati, Donnarumma, Suso, Cerci, Poli, Zapata, Montolivo, Abate, Matri, Nocerino, Paletta, Calabria

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