Following the loss to Lille, many were hoping that Milan would be able to turn it around against Hellas Verona last weekend. However, after the Bentegodi side scored two goals in quick succession, the Rossoneri just about managed to claw back and secured a 2-2 draw in the end.
Stefano Pioli’s side certainly didn’t lack chances and should have won the game, perhaps by one or two goals, but it was another frustrating outcome. Therefore, it will be important to bounce back after the international break and find some new energy, after seemingly running on the backup as of late.
The next three games, however, won’t be easy for Milan. They could be very decisive, in fact, as failing to get the appropriate amount of points would further sink the Rossoneri. Down below is an assessment for each game, discussing Milan’s chances of getting back to winning ways.
Gennaro Gattuso’s side have started the season really well, losing just one game on the pitch (the other was awarded off the pitch to Juventus). Just like Milan, they have won five games and look like real Scudetto contenders thus far. Not exactly strange, considering the attackers they have in the squad.
Victor Osimhem, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Hiring Lozano, to name a few, have stood out at the start of this season. In addition to that, as you would expect from a Gattuso side, the defence has been solid and Milan will need to be on their best behaviour to come away with the three points from this one.
The loss in the Europa League has inevitably affected the Rossoneri who, on the other hand, looked lively against Hellas Verona. But for the first time this season, they failed to get on target and confidence was so obviously lacking at the weekend, squandering chance after chance.
The reverse clash with the French side will, therefore, be very interesting as Milan will be out for revenge. In addition to salvaging their pride, important points are at stake with regards to their position in the group, currently in second one point behind Lille. It won’t be easy, but it’s a chance to regain some confidence.
Compared to the other games, this one perhaps isn’t as tough on paper, but ever so important. La Viola haven’t started the season well but they have a good squad, and after Beppe Iachini was sacked, it’s Cesare Prandelli’s turn to try to get the things going. His quest, of course, starts with the games against Benevento and Milan.
It’s a tough game to call, in other words, which also depends heavily on the two previous games. Should Milan win against Napoli and Lille, or at least get good results, then they will be the clear favourites to win this one. But in this day and age, especially, you never know what hurdles you will face from one day to another.
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