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Match Preview: Milan-Napoli, 14-03-2021

The last few days in the Rossonero world have been simply great. With many injuries and some key players out, Pioli’s squad has been able to collect a good win in Verona and an important draw in Manchester. After these matches, the striking thing is the ability of our players to overcome any obstacles and focus on playing the kind of football we saw in the first part of the season. But there’s no time to stop, the season goes on, and Napoli is waiting for us.

Milan are undefeated in the last four Serie A games against Napoli (one victory and three draws), but they haven’t won a home game in Serie A against them since December 2014, when Milan won 2-0 with Bonaventura and Menez goals. Indeed, in the last five games there have been two defeats and three consecutive draws, two of which 0-0. Napoli haven't won an away game in Serie A since the 10th January, when they won 2-1 in Udine; after that they collected 1 draw and 3 defeats. The last time Milan won both the seasonal Serie A games against Napoli, it was in 2010/11, when we lifted our last Scudetto.

Not much good news for Pioli: Theo Hernandez and Calhanoglu took part to Friday’s practice with the rest of the team, but the coach will decide on Sunday if they’ll be ready to start from the beginning. Also Romagnoli is feeling better, but Tomori seems to be the one who’ll play alongside Kjaer, especially after the great performance the duo showed in Manchester. Calabria didn’t took part to Friday’s practice due to a pain in the pubis that forced him to leave the pitch on Thursday; Dalot will take his place if the Italian won’t feel better. Rebic has still some problems on his hip and hardly he will take part to Sunday’s game. For this reason Leao will be the only striker, with probably Castillejo and Saelemaekers on the wings.

Surely not a good period for our beloved Gattuso; after the bad results in Serie A and Europe League the rumours about his dismissal are increasing every day. As per Milan, Napoli’s season has been full of injuries that affected the squad’s results; Petagna and Ghoulam are injured and they’ll miss the game (the Algerian will be back in months after the broke of his cruciate ligament), while Lozano is still recovering but he will be on the bench. The striker will be one between Mertens and Osimhen, with Politano and Insigne on the wings; this latter has so far scored eight goals in Serie A in 2021. Also the former rossonero Bakayoko has recovered from a past injury, and he can start alongside Fabian Ruiz, even if Demme is waiting for a chance.

Milan lineup (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Dalot, Kjaer, Tomori, T. Hernandez; Tonali, Kessiè; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Saelemaekers; Leao. Coach: Pioli

Napoli lineup (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Fabian Ruiz, Bakayoko; Politano, Zielinski, Insigne; Mertens. Coach: Gattuso

Referee: Pasqua

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