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Torino-Milan Preview: No More Bull



Both teams come into this match with matching results, with Torino actually ahead of us due to a single goal differential. Both teams have disappointed, and both teams are looking to have a game that changes their seasons. With both coaches having made questionable calls in terms of lineups and systems, this is the game where both sides have to make the right decisions and both sides will desperately be seeking 3 points. No more bull.

We need to elevate significantly from Sunday's performance

Torino were stopped by a single Sampdoria goal from Gabbiadini on Sunday. For that match, Mazzarri lined up Sirigu; Izzo, Lyanco, Bremer; De Silves, Baselli, Rincon, Meité, Aina; Zaza and Belotti. Mazzarri will be missing Lukic to injury, while Ansaldi was injured but has managed to be called up. Mazzarri’s choices have been called into question and more is expected of this Torino side.

Giampaolo has done enough to have many of the Milan faithful already question his job security. Between waffling on formations and lining up players like Castilljo and Borini ahead of new players purchased in the mercato, his uncertainty has caused Milan to drop points and lose faith in him. Losing the Derby 2-0 on Sunday was just too painful for many, who believe that we at least could have done better.

Torino will be looking to do better as well

Milan will be without Paquetá, who suffered a thigh strain on Sunday, which is fine, because Giampaolo would not have started him anyway, he’s too good. Also missing still is Caldara, although Bonaventura is called up for this one. That is great news for anyone who likes to see our best players sit on the bench.

Both teams need to right some early season wrongs. Mazzarri has been on the bench so long, but seems different this season, he’ll need to start commanding some convincing performances to stay on the bench. Whereas Giampaolo is already needing to invoke the “support of the club” after each match, just four matches in. So his position is even more tenuous and he will need to personally convince tomorrow in Torino. One thing is certain, the fans of both teams are wanting better football and better results. So tomorrow is all about no more bull.


This post inspired by the music of the Vandals; “I Want to Be a Cowboy”


Serie A Week 5
Torino vs. Milan
Thursday, September 26 • 21:00 CEST (3pm EDT)
This match can be streamed LIVE on ESPN+ in the U.S.