Match Time: Tuesday 12:00 P.M. Eastern US, 7:00 P.M (Italy time). GMT + 1
Match Location: Stadio San Siro, Milan, Italy.
Serie A is back, so it’s Milan time rossoneri! AC Milan will face Udinese in a match valid for the 30th fixture of Serie A. After the disappointing loss against Sampdoria, Milan needs a win to stay in the race for the first four places, a battle that is becoming ever tighter, given that before this round only six points separate the teams from the fourth to the ninth.
However, AC Milan have not lost three consecutive Serie A games since October 2017 and hope to maintain that record by facing Udinese, a team that Milan has only lost in one of their last ten home games (6 wins, 3 draws , 1 defeat). Fortunately for Milan, the two recent defeats remain the only defeats in the league since Christmas 2018 (7 wins, 3 draws, 2 defeats).
Meanwhile, Udinese come from three victories in five Serie A matches (3 wins, 2 defeats). Before this round, the last three in the standings are still only three points away, which will be a concern for Udinese, in fact the team has the third worst attack in the league (26 goals). More worrying will be the away performance, which has not seen victories in ten SA games away (3 draws, 7 defeats) including four consecutive defeats.
Moreover, Rino Gattuso spoke in the prematch conference:
- About the squad situation: “We are going through a negative spell but the boys are giving their all and this fills me with hope. We are still alive.”
- About Gigio Donnarumma: “Gigi has more than 100 touches a game, a mistake can happen. He mustn’t feel responsible for this because it’s part of the game. I was really pleased with Andrea Conti’s words, it shows how this group thoroughly wants to reach our goal.”
- Analyzing how the team is playing: “We played better in the second halves against Inter and Sampdoria than we did in other games. Qualifying for the Champions League would be our own personal scudetto. If you find yourself trailing, it’s psychologically harder to play in a certain way.”
- About a possible lineup change: “We played in a 3-man defence in the second half against Chiasso, in the past two matches we made some changes during the game. We’ll see what are we going to do.”
- About what really matters: “What counts is the Club, we can talk about Gattuso, Leonardo, Maldini, Biglia, Kessié… but I think that no one is above the Club.”
Further, it seems that Rino Gattuso will change the usual 4-3-3 lineup, this time he can play a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-1-2. However, he has abandoned the idea of a 3-man defense after Conti was left out of the squad due to muscle fatigue. In that case, if he chooses to play with a 4-3-1-2, Biglia and Suso won’t play so Kessié and Cutrone will replace them, Paquetà seems to start in both formations because Gattuso liked how he interprets the CAM position. If he chooses a 4-2-3-1, Kessié would be replaced by Biglia and Suso will play.
In conclusion, it’s time to put aside the last two defeats and the recent problems with players, it’s hard to digest but we need a victory to keep our Champions League spot objective closer. We must respect our opponent, play focused in order to win this match. Our guys can do it. Forza Ragazzi!