Match Time: Sunday 1:30 P.M Eastern US, 8:30 P.M (Italy time). GMT + 1
Match Location: Stadio Paolo Mazza, Ferrara, Italy
It’s the last match of the season rossoneri! This time our Milan will face SPAL in a crucial and decisive last match of Serie A. After winning against Frosinone, there is still hope for Milan to reach a Champions League spot, let’s summarize again the ways Milan can qualify to CL:
- Win vs. SPAL, and either/both Atalanta (playing at Sassuolo) and Inter (hosting Empoli) draw or lose.
- Draw vs. SPAL, both Atalanta and Inter lose, and Roma wins and gains goal difference advantage over Inter. Which means that (inferring Inter loses by one goal) Roma would have to score as many as 6 goals over Parma.
Further, all of us will be watching the matches of Atalanta and Inter but we need to win first to increase our opportunities. On the other side SPAL will try to forget the recent consecutive defeats by closing 2018/19 well and with a ‘lap of honor’ in the lead.
Moreover, Rino Gattuso spoke in the prematch conference:
- About the match: “I’ve been facing Semplici (SPAL coach) for a fex seasons now and he’s gotten better every year. He has improved constantly since leaving Fiorentina’s primavera. We are aware a lot is on the line. Until the final whistle, we need to focus solely on doing our duty.”
- About the team and society: “I’ve been impressed by the commitment shown by the players this week and the management have been as involved as usual.”
- About himself: “If I could go back, I’d do everything exactly the same. I’m a frank and honest person and it shows but I’m happy about it. It does not feel like one year has passed to me, it feels like ten years have gone by. I believe that on the professional level, I can say that these past 19 months in terms of character as well as my rapport with the players I feel like I’ve improved a lot.”
Furthermore, regarding the lineup, Gattuso will field the usual 4-3-3 lineup and the same players who won against Frosinone in the last match.
In conclusion, the team has the obligation to win this last match, we don’t depend on ourselves anymore to qualify to CL, but it’s a must to win also we need to pray that Atalanta or Inter drop points in their matches! We must respect our opponent, play focused in order to win this match. Our guys can do it. Forza Ragazzi!
MILAN (4-3-3): G. Donnarumma; Abate, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessié, Bakayoko, Çalhanoglu; Suso, Piątek, Borini. Coach: Gattuso.
SPAL (3-5-2): Gomis; Cionek, Vicari, Bonifazi; Lazzari, Valoti, Murgia, Kurtic, Fares; Floccari, Petagna. Coach: Semplici.