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Atalanta-Milan Preview: The Penultimate Final



Milan have two chances for direct qualification into the Europa League, and Sunday’s is the next to the last one. Rather ironic that our last two games would be contested with the teams who are within a point or two behind us on the table, and Atalanta are the team that are exactly one point behind us going into this match. Which makes a result in this, the penultimate final, a necessity.

Wounded

The team that brought us Kessie and Conti could now stand in the way of our direct qualification to the Europa League. Gasperini’s side have done very well this season, and to play them in their house doesn’t make this match any easier. Their match last week against Lazio was a tense one and ended in a 1-1 draw. For that match, Gasperini lined up Berisha; Palomino, Masiello, Toloi, Freuler, de Roon, Gosens, Castagne, Barrow, Gomez, and Cristante. As for injuries, it looks like our old friend Petagna, as well as Spinazzola and Rizzo are all injured for this match.

Milan are starting this match down four goals… at least mentally. Well, and physically, too. Whereas Atalanta are rested, Milan played a very tough cup final on Wednesday. That defeat definitely injured souls, I know it did mine. Probably no one’s more than Donnarumma. Despite making an incredible eight saves against Juventus, pundits and social media only remember he two errors, so he may be shaken up still for tomorrow’s game. Conti will not face his former side due to his injury, and I will be curious as to whether or not Biglia is called up again, as his injury warrants more time to heal.

Wait, we're playing Atalanta?

We have struggled most against clubs at our level or lower on the table, so don’t expect any kind of 4-0 rout from Milan. Both clubs are fighting for direct Europa League Qualification so their seasons don’t begin in July. Milan especially so, since they’re scheduled to participate in the lucrative ICC tournament this summer in America. Finishing in seventh would preclude that. So this isn’t just any game, it’s a must win situation. Which is why it is our penultimate final.



This post inspired by the music of Europe’s “The Final Countdown”


Serie A Week 37
Atalanta vs Milan
Sunday, May 13 • 18:00 CEST
This match will be shown LIVE on RAI Italia in the U.S.