Milan got the start they needed as important test against Roma awaits – team update and more

Serie A is back underway in full speed. After failing to beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final, AC Milan bounced back with an important win against Lecce, getting just the start they needed by netting four goals. If the attack was the issue before, it certainly wasn’t on Monday night.

Of course, the Rossoneri’s game was far from perfect and Stefano Pioli has surely addressed the main issues in training. That being said, they managed to create chances and even fired seven shots on target in the first half. They haven’t registered that many since the 4-1 win against Hellas Verona at San Siro in May 2018.

It was crucial to get off to a good start as the season finale certainly matters a lot, with Milan aiming to secure direct qualification to the Europa League. Given the tight schedule, and the upcoming opponents, it won’t get easier from here and the win will surely help boost the morale after the Coppa Italia exit.

It’s indeed a strange situation – due to the Coronavirus outbreak – and we can safely say that the outcome of the season is very unpredictable. The race for the last European spots, as well as the one for the Scudetto, remains very tight and the managers who can mobilize their respective squad best, will ultimately prevail.

Milan’s depth might not be the best in terms of quality, but they do have many options on the bench and this could work in their favour. Teams like Hellas Verona and Parma, who are just behind the Rossoneri, don’t have the same luxury and you could even argue that Napoli lack on this front as well.

On Sunday, Pioli is expected to field the same starting eleven as Simon Kjaer has made a full recovery, having left the game against Lecce early. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also returned to training but his match fitness isn’t quite there, but an appearance on the bench shouldn’t be excluded for the Roma clash.

Likely Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Conti, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Bonaventura, Calhanoglu; Rebic.

Likely Roma XI (4-2-3-1): Mirante; Zappacosta, Smalling, Mancini, Kolarov (Spinazzola); Cristante, Veretout; Under, Pellegrini, Kluivert (Mkhitaryan); Dzeko.

Roma are currently sitting in 5th place with 48 points, nine more than the Rossoneri, and are aiming to leapfrog Atalanta for the last Champions League spot. As the latter managed to win against Lazio last time out, turning a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 win, the pressure will be on the Giallorossi to claim all three points at San Siro.

It remains to be seen what Pioli’s plan is for the game but taking the performances against Juventus and Lecce into consideration, his side certainly has a good chance of grabbing yet another win. During today’s press conference at Milanello, the manager explained what they need to be good at.

“It’s very important to read the moments of the game. Tomorrow we will play in a great heat, we will have to regulate our strength, we will have to be aggressive against an opponent who has quality but that also can give space,” he stated.

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