Milan (4-2-3-1): 99 G. Donnarumma; 56 Saelemaekers 24 Kjaer 23 Tomori 19 Hernandez; 4 Bennacer 79 Kessie; 7 Castillejo 10 Calhanoglu 12 Rebic 11; Ibrahimovic
Sampdoria (4-4-2): 1 Audero; 24 Bereszynski 22 Yoshida 15 Colley 3 Augello; 87 Candreva 18 Thorsby 5 Silva 14 Jankto; 27 Quagliarella 23 Gabbiadini
Tv: 12.30 Sky 202
The winter was hard, too many defeats, even 7 in the new year, more than double the 3 remedied in all of 2020, but the autumn treasure served at least to compensate for the decline between January and March. The impressive series of injuries weighed heavily, the kids did what they could, but in the long run, the physiological fatigue of the three-pronged race, with the Europa League starting from the preliminaries, left its mark. Now for the head goes only to the championship, starting with the match with Sampdoria that will open the round today. In case of victory over Ranieri’s team (we are ready, Quagliarella our Ibra said the Doriano coach, who coached Pioli at Fiorentina between 1993 and 1995) the Rossoneri could put some pressure on the competitors who will play in the afternoon course. We’ll see.
The certainty that Milan have a second place to defend at any cost. There are 6 points of advantage over Napoli fifth in the standings, but everyone is running behind and we need to raise the pace: that of the last weeks is not enough to complete the mission. First of all, the curse of San Siro, where the Rossoneri have not won in 5 games: two months, must be dispelled..
If AC Milan is almost infallible away – 14 wins out of 16 – the home side has a mid-table pace. Pioli places the Champions quota at 75 points (I want to review the spirit of Florence) and is confident in the return of his best men: having said that Donnarumma negative to the swab and that Saelemaekers could be tested as a full-back as deputy Calabria, today Bennacer and Ibrahimovic are back. whose long absences negatively affected most of the season.
Zlatan in very good condition assures the Rossoneri coach, convinced that the two games (and as many assists) with the Swedish national team have further charged the 39-year-old from Malmoe. One thing for sure: now that he’s back, it’s up to him to drag the Devil to the goal. If there is an ideal moment to accelerate this: Sampdoria, Parma, Genoa and Sassuolo before the away match at Lazio. The hour of truth, that’s right.
April 2, 2021 (change April 2, 2021 | 23:21)