Cosmi must do without the injured Josip Ilicic and possibly Mauricio Pinilla, so Miccoli could lead a 3-5-1-1 system with support from Javier Pastore.
“Only in Italy do we believe a centre-forward has to be a tall and powerful figure. Just look at Barcelona,” said Cosmi.
“Miccoli used to drive me crazy when I started working with him all those years ago, as he continued to move like a centre-forward even when I didn’t want him to. He has a sophisticated way of moving and can bring the ball under control in every imaginable way.”