The recent defeats against Napoli and Manchester United were a wake up call for Rossoneri supporters. The dream of lifting a trophy in this season is gone and now the team must focus on reaching the fourth place, aiming to go back to the Champions League after many years. Despite Milan currently occupying the second place on the table, the road is still long, and at this point nothing is certain.
The next opponent before the international break is Fiorentina. Milan won 50% of the last 10 Serie A games against Fiorentina (5 victories, 3 draws and 2 defeats). Three of the last four Serie A games between the two sides in Florence, ended in draws (Milan won the other one), while the last home victory for the Viola happened in August 2015, 2-0 with Marcos Alonso and Ilicic goals.
Milan have to deal with the many injuries that are affecting our season. Calabria was operated on his knee on Friday and he will be out for one month; Dalot will replace him on the right. Romagnoli, Leao and Mandzukic still have some problems and they’ll try to be back after the break. Rebic will miss this game due to a suspension, but his injury is not over and he would have been out anyways. Ibrahimovic will start from the beginning, with Saelemaekers on the right and one between Krunic and Hauge on the left. Calhanoglu should start behind Ibra, but Diaz is ready to take his place if the Turk is not ready. The Franchi is a lucky stadium for Hakan; indeed it is the stadium where he scored more goals after San Siro, two in three matches.
The season Fiorentina is living is definitely not the one that Commisso was expecting for his team. The Viola won the last game against Benevento and they’re aiming to win the first two consecutive games of the season. Igor and Kokorin are the only two players that Prandelli won’t have for this game. The Italian coach lost all the last 7 Serie A matches against Milan. The strikers will be Ribery and Vlahovic; the Serbian has so far scored 12 goals in this season, with one more goal he can become the first Serbian player to score more than 12 goals in a single Serie A season.
Fiorentina lineup (3-5-2): Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Martinez Quarta; Caceres, Bonaventura, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Venuti; Vlahovic, Ribery. Coach: Prandelli
Milan lineup (4-2-3-1): G.Donnarumma; Dalot, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessié; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Hauge; Ibrahimovic. Coach: Pioli