Match Time: Sunday 1:30 P.M Eastern US, 8:30 P.M (Italy time). GMT + 1
Match Location: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy.
We are in the endgame now rossoneri! This time our team will face Torino in a decisive match valid for the 34th fixture of Serie A. The situation has become complicated for Milan with only 5 matches to play, meanwhile Roma has overtaken in the standings (win on Cagliari) and Atalanta that does not give up, but also Torino will play their chances to get a place in Europe, so that’s why this is a crucial match for us.
Moreover, Torino with single defeat in the last 13 Serie A games (7 wins, 5 draws, 1 defeat) saw Torino chasing a valid position for Europe, even if with six of those matches with less than 1.5 goals, the performance will also have been effective but not at all it is so overwhelming. Although no team has drawn fewer home games in SA than the two of Torino this season, the last five direct matches against AC Milan in Turin ended in draws. Three of them finished 1-1, the same result as both hosts’ home draws this season.
Meanwhile, the race for 4th place is being felt more and more, and Milan can’t afford to lose any more points after seeing three away games without a win (1 draw, 2 losses). However, despite having the third best defense away from the league, averaging just 0.94 goals per game, the “Rossoneri” saw both teams manage to score in five of their last six away games.
However, Rino Gattuso spoke on the prematch conference:
- About the match: “We have to play a match with character in Turin, with great determination, mentality and the will to battle, and then we’ll see what happens. It will be a tough game because we face a team in good shape, they have a good mentality in this period.”
- About the end of the season: “We have a reponsibility to perform better than in our recent games. We maintained our spirit in times of difficulty which is absent lately, so we have to regain our fighting spirit. We have to remain united and reason with the same mind frame.”
- Some last advices: “Right now we have to regain our brilliance and serenity. Actions speak louder than words right now, we have the responsiblity to focus on the remaining games and think only about the good of AC Milan.”
Further, Rino Gattuso will switch to the usual 4-3-3 lineup, this time the major change will be Cutrone as a starter instead of Piątek, with Conti replacing the injured Calabria, and Paquetà seems to start after being recovered from the injury, further the usual starters will play.
In the other side, Torino will play with a 3-5-2 formation, their strenght relies in the fact that they know how to be malicious at the right point also they enjoy good form, so our guys need to be focused also it’s important to take an eye on their striker Belotti and the midfielder Meité.
In conclusion, it won’t be an easy game because Torino is fighting to reach an european competition, 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!
TORINO (3-5-2): Sirigu; Izzo, N’Koulou, Moretti; De Silvestri, Meïté, Lukic, Rincón, Ansaldi; Berenguer, Belotti. Coach: Mazzarri.
MILAN (4-3-3): G. Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessié, Bakayoko, Paquetà; Suso, Cutrone, Çalhanoglu. Coach: Gattuso.