Atalanta will host AC Milan in an extremely crucial and last game of the Serie A season The result of this game can determine the fate of three teams to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Atalanta have already secured their place for the Champions League next season. And their main motivation will be coming into the game to finish in second place and overcome a disappointing defeat in the Coppa Italia final.
On the other hand, Milan, Juventus, and Napoli all are fighting for third and fourth place. Currently, the Rossoneri are third with the same number of points as Napoli and Juventus are just one point behind in the fifth.
If Stefano Pioli’s side fail to win this game at Gewiss Stadium. Then they can say goodbye to the possibility of the Champions League qualification as it should be an easy victory for the Bianconeri to win at Bologna.
Atalanta vs AC Milan Preview:
Atalanta have lost to Juventus 2-1 in the Coppa Italia final which could create two types of situations in the dressing room. Number one: In this current situation there is no motivation for La Dea and they might look to rotate the squad. This situation could be favorable for the Rossoneri.
Number two: the dressing room are full of anger and they can’t wait for the next game and smash the opponent to finish the season on a higher note. This would be an intimidating situation for Pioli’s side.
In the reverse leg, Milan witnessed the real quality of Atalanta at San Siro. The side from Bergamo beat the Rossoneri by 3-0 and it will be a pretty similar challenge in a must-win game for Milan.
AC Milan will have to win this game and to do that with inexperienced players who haven’t played in a situation like this will be a tough ask for Stefano Pioli.
However, the Rossoneri will have to frustrate Atalanta, so they can not find their passing rhythm. If Milan allow Atalanta to play their natural game then it will be a very tough 90 minutes for the young Milan players.
Pioli will have to find a strategy to contain the threat of Ruslan Malinovskyi like Juventus did in the second half in the midweek. The first job for the Milan holding midfielders would be to stop the Ukrainian attacking midfielder from taking long shots.
Malinovskyi has scored and assisted three goals each in the last five games. It seems Gasperini has found the perfect replacement for Alejandro Gómez.
Atalanta recent form: W-D-W-W-W
AC Milan recent form: L-W-W-W-D
Atalanta vs AC Milan team news:
Atalanta currently doesn’t have any significant injury or suspension updates. Gasperini will be able to choose his first team from a fully-fit squad. However, it is interesting to see if he will choose to go with the trio of Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata, and Malinovskyi or not.
On the Milan side, there are few absentees for this encounter and the most significant of those is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 39-years-old forward will be out for a knee problem. And Ante Rebic is expected to start on the upfront.
Following a few good performances in the recent weeks, Brahim Diaz will start in the number ten spot and Hakan Calhanoglu will have to start on the left-wing position.
Atalanta BC possible starting lineup:
Gollini; Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Malinovskyi, Muriel; Zapata
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez; Bennacer, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Calhanoglu; Rebic
Atalanta 2-2 AC Milan
It won’t be an easy task to go to Bergamo and earn all three points in a must-win game. Milan had a great opportunity to secure the Champions League in the last week. But they failed and now it will be extremely difficult for Milan to beat Atalanta on Sunday.
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