After the biggest week of our young Milan’s season so far, the team looks to build on the undefeated start to the season that sees them sitting in 3rd spot behind Napoli and Inter when they face newly promoted Venezia at home on Thursday Morning. This match will prove to be one of the toughest for the young squad for many reasons.
Unlike our previous opponents, Venezia do not command the same respect that the likes of Lazio, Juventus and of course Liverpool receive. For this reason, it will be extremely important that the team treats Venezia as if they are any of the aforementioned sides, heading into the game with the same fire and passion that they proudly showed over the last week. Venezia themselves will also be hungry to end Milan’s undefeated start to the Serie A season. Venezia sit in 17th position having only scored 3 goals in the first 4 games and leaking 8 goals in that same time. Heavy losses to start the season away to Napoli and Udinese saw the side sit in the relegation zone, before breaking through for their maiden Serie A victory of the campaign away to Empoli. However, the side was unable to repeat their heroics in their first home game of the Serie A season, going down 2-1 to Spezia. They will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result and create some space between themselves and Juventus in 18th spot (more realistically, to jump ahead of Empoli in 16th spot).
For Milan, the next run of games will be integral to building some much-needed steam ahead of another difficult week next week. The opening 4 games of the season have been successfully navigated but this has come at a cost. Ibra, Giroud, Calabria, Kjaer, Bakayoko and Krunic are all injured, with it being a race against time to regain some of these names before our next champions league outing. Despite missing several experienced names (and adding to that list the early exit of Kjaer), the team rallied from 1 goal down, away against the old lady to salvage a draw, and arguably could’ve gone on to win the match. The equal best defense in the league has only conceded 2 goals and has found the back of the net on 8 occasions.
Rebic has been in fine form finding the back of the net once and assisting for another 2 goals in the league, shrugging off the notion that he only performs in the latter half of the season, whilst Romagnoli has been solid in his outings. Romagnoli will be looking at more game time with Kjaer’s injury and will be hoping that he can force his way back into a highly competitive defensive group, in doing so, giving himself the chance to earn himself the new contract that he so desires.
Milan head back home as heavy favorites and will hopefully be ready to put the foot down and be ruthless in front of goal. Do we see the first sighting of Pietro Pellegri in a game such as this? The young Italian who can hopefully prove himself after a couple of difficult seasons in France. Maybe its time for Theo Hernandez to get a much-needed rest and for us to test out Fode Ballo-Toure, or maybe after his impressive cameo, Pierre Kalulu starts from the first minute. Who do you think should start against Venezia?
As always FORZA MILAN