Milan’s journey toward a top 4 finish this season continues as matchday 27 in the Serie A will see Milan take on Napoli. Milan is coming off an emphatic draw at old Trafford with a last-minute equalizer from Simon Kjaer. Heading into the game Milan still hold 2nd place in the table with 56 points while Napoli trail the red and black giants sitting in 6th with 47 points
In recent games, Milan has found a resurgence in confidence and form having a 4 game unbeaten streak while missing key players to their starting lineup. In Stefano Pioli’s most recent press conference after the draw against Manchester United, he stated “I’m not coaching a normal group, it’s an exceptional group, from a technical, professional and human point of view. When I see that the guys gave their soul, it’s right to be satisfied with a very good result.”. Milan will be determined to bring another massive result to the fans at the San Siro constantly outperforming expectations and finding a way to push through the various battles of this long season. Here is how the team could appear against Napoli.
Milan: 4-2-3-1: G. Donnarumma, Dalot, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessié; Saelemakers, Çalhanoğlu, Krunić, Leão
Pioli must be careful and get his cards right for this one because after this they have to host Manchester United in the 2nd leg for Europa League Round of 16. Theo Hernandez and Hakan Çalhanoğlu recovering from their injuries and heading back into the starting lineup will be a massive boost for the squad. Both players can help with the attacking output of the team and make Milan a more lethal opponent with their unique characteristics on the pitch. Milan must continue to build off their strong defensive performances in the past couple of games with Kjaer and Tomori partnered in the backline. Franck Kessié will be looking to put in another brilliant performance after winning the MOTM award in Milan’s last game. Should Milan win this game against Napoli it would be a huge win. The last Milan home victory against Napoli was in 2014 winning 2-0 with goals from Jeremy Ménez and Giacomo Bonaventura. And the last time the Rossoneri beat Napoli in both fixtures of a season was in 2010/11 where they ended up winning the Scudetto. Winning against Napoli would keep the hopes of a Scudetto this season alive.