Week 31 proved a disaster and the 2-1 loss to Atalanta extended the winless streak. The crisis that has now followed the good period before it has pretty much killed the chance of even finishing fifth.
The coach didn’t really help his own cause by starting De Sciglio as a right winger of sorts in Honda’s absence. The talk of his dismissal as soon as next week, but probably at season’s end, intensified and there is little to indicate any replacement will be better. Apparently Berlusconi’s first choice is Cristian Brocchi, the primavera coach of course.
The defense welcomes back Alex to partner Romagnoli. Honda should be back as well, Bertolacci though is suspended after receiving a yellow at Atalanta. The latter’s absence should not be felt considering his very poor form. Montolivo is nursing an injury and was thought to be out but he should make it. Interestingly Mihajlovic has confirmed that Manuel Locatelli will start if Montolivo is not ready. It would quite a start to the 18 year old’s career if he does.
After a relatively positive 42 minutes contribution at Atalanta Balotelli has been the subject of more talk and gossip. Galliani has stated that Super Mario wants to extended his Milan stay but hasn’t done enough to deserve it. It seems that he may get his chance as a starter vs Juventus. He would be partnering Bacca of course.
Juventus come to Milan out of the Champions League but on their way to another scudetto and their early season struggles are a very distant memory. They will however be missing Paulo Dybala and his 14 Serie A goals.
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