Milan (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Meitè; Saelemaekers, Leao, Rebic; Ibrahimovic. Coach: Pioli
Crotone (3-5-2): Cordaz; Djidji, Brown, Golemic; Rispoli, Henrique, Zanellato, Benali, Reca; By Carmine, Simy. All .: Stroppa
Tv: 3 pm, Sky 202
This is the scenario. The present, however, concerns only and only Stroppa’s Crotone, who will arrive at San Siro without too much pressure: it is not from this match that salvation passes. Diametrically opposite speech for Milan, which instead will have everyone’s eyes on him. So far he has shown that he knows how to manage the new condition as first in the class. But the road is long. «We are halfway up the climb, the most difficult slopes have yet to arrive, it will be difficult for all the teams – explained Pioli who, as an enthusiast, does not disdain cycling metaphors -. Let’s not be satisfied. The record pressures? A privilege ».
A privilege almost like the possibility of having the whole week at your disposal to train, without cup commitments or championship rounds. Milan is the team that, due to the Europa League qualifiers, has played the most: 31 games, at least 3 more than anyone else. A number that, associated with the impressive series of absences between Covid and injuries, has forced many to overtime. The specific work of the staff directed by Osti and Peressutti was effective, the team held up very well in terms of athletic performance. But a free week, as it will be the next one, when instead Inter will play the second leg of the Coppa Italia, can be a precious advantage.
The red alert emergency is behind us, but even today there will be some heavy absence: out Kjaer, Bennacer and Tonali, in the middle we go towards the couple Kessie-Meitè, while in front Calhanoglu should start from the bench. Not good news for Ibrahimovic, who has already shown that he struggles twice as much when the Turk is missing behind him. Zlatan hunts for the 500th goal with the clubs. He came close last time in Bologna, where he missed a penalty and missed at least three very good chances. Not at his best, the Swedish champion. And even if those close to him assure him that Zlatan is always the same enthusiastic and competitive, it is clear that the investigation opened for the brawl of the Cup derby with Lukaku is not helping him. In his conversation with the Football Federation’s Prosecutor’s Office he repeated several times: “I’m not a racist.” It will take a few more days to understand how the story will end. An unnerving wait. With goal number 500 in his pocket and the first place found, a little less.
February 6, 2021 (change February 6, 2021 | 23:06)
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