Spice (4-3-3): Provedel; Vignali, Erlic, Ismajli, Bastoni; Estévez, Ricci, Major; Green, Agudelo, Gyasi. All .: Italian
Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Dalot, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Bennacer, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Leao; Ibrahimovic. Coach: Pioli
Tv: 8.45 pm, Dazn
All in a hundred days. With the trip-trap on Saturday evening in La Spezia, against one of the surprises of this championship, very well trained by the Italian, Milan’s final sprint starts. The goal is the Champions placement, the dream is it scudetto. But to be pronounced in a low voice, without slogans. The essay Pioli, better continue to head down, without proclamations, game by game, as has been done up to now. “From this season we want to get the best, the important thing is to finish without regrets, but I will not repeat the word Scudetto until May” reiterated the Parma coach. It is not just superstition, it is realism: Juventus have started to run seriously and Inter are still there, only two points behind, nothing.Of course, the day offers Napoli-Juve and Inter-Lazio, two direct clashes that could help the Devil himself. Which therefore cannot fail tonight at the Peak.
The goal is clear: continue the show series of 10 useful results away – 9 wins and one draw – and put pressure on Conte’s team, who will play only on Sunday evening. A gap of two or more points would allow the Rossoneri to manage the derby on Saturday 21st with a completely different serenity, playing for two out of three results. And that would make all the difference in the world.
The good news for Pioli is that finally the red alert emergency is behind. There is out of Calabria for disqualification, but otherwise everyone is there. So much so that tonight, for the first time, against La Spezia who has recently become American he will be almost spoiled for choice: on the left he can choose between Rebic and Leao, with Leao ahead. The Croatian could be spared together with compatriot Manduzkic for Thursday’s away match in Belgrade in the Europa League with the Red Star.
In these hundred days, however, Milan will actually play two games: alongside that on the field there is also the very delicate question of contract renewals. Ibrahimovic, Calhanoglu and Donnarumma are the hottest issues, but it is above all Gigio’s future that worries the fans. It is true that in June he will be released for free and that there is still no agreement on salary, duration and clause, mto the boy he said loud and clear to those close to him and also to those who assist him that he wants to stay at Milan. Logical that missing only four and a half months to the natural deadline of June 30th some anxiety begins to circulate, but optimism continues to filter from the Rossoneri club. Cautious, but not superficial. A point of understanding will be found between 7.5 and 8 million, while a solution on the duration could be 2024.
Gigio rightly wants to play the Champions League, which so far he has only seen on TV. Going forward with this step, he will succeed. With his Milan.
February 12, 2021 (change February 12, 2021 | 23:10)
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