Match Time: Saturday 5:30 A.M. Eastern US, 12:30 P.M (Italy time). GMT + 1
Match Location: Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy.
Serie A is back, so it’s Milan time rossoneri! Our beloved Milan after the crucial win against Lazio will face Parma in a match valid for the 33th fixture of Serie A. This time Milan needs a win to stay in the race for the first four places, and during the season Milan has won only five of the 15 away games in this season of SA (5 wins, 6 draws, 4 defeats), and with only six games left, the team can’t allow to keep losing points. However, Milan won in seven of the last ten direct matches in SA with Parma (7 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats), a good signal rossoneri.
Meanwhile Parma are six points above the relegation zone, with six games to play, but have not won in five games (2 draws, 3 defeats) and have only two wins in 2019 (2 wins, 4 draws, 7 defeats), so they continue to be near the risk zone. Also, the record that brings the sixth worst defense of Serie A, 50 goals conceded, is also a cause of concern for the “crociati”.
However, Rino Gattuso spoke on the prematch conference:
- About the match: “We need to play a great game physically, technically and mentally. It will be a tough game. Parma can put us under pressure. We have to be good at adapting well during the game, and we need to press them as much as possible, they are very dangerous when given space. Both teams have a lot to play for.”
- About the team: “We are enthusiastic and determined. Sometimes we are able to play the way we like and I think we need to learn to suffer.”
- About the players: “Paquetà is available and trained with us, let’s see what happens. Romagnoli is also available for the game. Suso has always worked hard in the past year and a half, he has a good technique and I think it is time to try something different.”
Further, Rino Gattuso will keep to the usual 4-3-3 lineup, because of Paquetà non optimal condition, Çalhanoglu will play as a midfielder, then it seems that Zapata’s good condition put him above Musacchio to start the match. Also, Borini will be confirmed as a winger, Gigio is back and there is also a possibility that Conti will start instead of Calabria and the team and for the rest the team that beat Lazio is reconfirmed.
In the other side, we will need to keep an eye on Gervinho who will try to increase its current ten goals in Serie A, also we will face Kucka a former rossoneri heart but this doesn’t mean that he won’t hurt us.
In conclusion, it won’t be an easy game Parma also needs points to avoid the relegation zone so they will fight hardly but we also 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!