Europa League • AC Milan-Bodø/Glimt Preview: Fate of the Gods

Ragnarok is a series of events leading to a great battle in Norse Mythology. Perhaps that battle will be tomorrow, when Milan take on Norway's league leaders, Bodø/Glimt. In our path to Europa League qualification lies the reigning Eliteserien champions, who currently lead this year's table by 16 points, with 12 rounds to go. They face a tough AC Milan side, though, that features a couple of vikings of our own. Maybe it's just the fate of Europa League qualification at stake, but I would like to see an epic battle on the pitch at the San Siro, the fate of the Gods.

Hmmm... they don't look like fierce Vikings...

If you are American like me, and therefore geography deficient, search for a map of Bodø/Glimt and look at how far north it is. For me, that translates to one thing: cold. I have immense respect for anyone crazy foolish brave enough to live in that climate. This is one of the reasons vikings are so badass, if they could survive that weather, then they could survive anything. That alone puts the fear of God into me.

Bodø/Glimt, however will fear no one. They will fight with honor, and die with honor (metaphorically speaking) if necessary. Also, they do not put pineapple on their pizza, they are warriors. However, Knutsen has his work cut out for him, preparing his vikings for battle. In their 3-1 victory over Brann on Sunday in the Eliteserien, Knutsen lined up: Khaykin; Sampsted, Moe, Lode, Bjørkan; Fet, Berg, Saltnes; Zinckernagel, Boniface, and Hauge. It appears that Knutsen will have his full squad available for this match.

Fierce warriors

Milan are in great form right now, led by the viking god himself, Ibrahimovic, who scored a brace on Sunday. Likewise, with Romagnoli having been out injured, our viking center back, Kjær, has been defending fiercely in his stead. Romagnoli returned to training this week, but it is unclear as of this writing if he would be fit enough to be risked in this match. 

There are some doubts as to Castillejo's fitness as well, although he will likely be available. Musacchio and Conti are both still out injured, and Rebic is suspended for this match due to a fierce battle while he was at Eintracht Frankfurt. They are expected to progress and do battle in the Europa League proper, for honor alone. However, expectations can weigh heavy, and the team will need to focus on the battle on the pitch. 

One of these two will be captain tomorrow

On paper, Milan have the advantage, especially the home advantage. But vikings do not battle on paper. They battle on the pitch. So it remains to be seen whether or not Milan can defeat a whole team of vikings. If there is one thing football has taught me, it is to always respect an opponent, because anything can happen in 90 minutes. The other thing I have learned is to never underestimate viking warriors, the fate of the gods could depend on it.

This post inspired by the music of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries"

Europa League Third Qualifying Round
AC Milan vs. Bodø/Glimt
Thursday, September 24 • 20:30 CEST (2:30pm EDT)
This match MAY be streamed LIVE on the Milan app (TBD)

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