The unbeaten streak rolls on. Piero Giacomelli and Roma almost put a stop to it however. The referee provided a historically poor performance and got himself the equivalent of a referee suspension and is being excluded from match assignments for at least 2 weeks. Milan found and had late chances to win the eventual 3-3 tie vs Roma. The game of course included Tatarusanu as a back up to the COVID-19 striken Donnarumma. The Romanian veteran came under fire for Roma’s first goal and calls for demotion to third goalie status. Tatarusanu had a relatively easy game vs Sparata Prague in the midwek 3-0 win and it looks like he will not need to play again soon because Donnarumma is available again after somehow testing negative within one week of the initial diagnosis. Hauge is also back from isolation less than a week after testing positive. In further news Gabbia is back from the same but won’t play a part this weekend. The chance for Kjaer to get some rest will soon arrive. The Danish defender has played a lot in recent weeks and could get a game off very soon.
With Rebic’s return the team is suddenly almost fully healthy. Kessie, Calhanoglu and Theo got the midweek Europa league game off – although the former was a late sub – but all are expected to start this week 6 match. The rest of the line up is likely to revert to the expected one although almost all of the so called rotation players did well. Tonali, Diaz and Dalot all came out of the Sparta Prague match with credit and some fans are already hoping Maldini can negotiate a buyout for the latter two loanees. Leao is picking up form and may keep Rebic out of the starting line up but the Croatian is trusted and may replace the Portuguese within the match or in an upcoming match. Ibra got 45 minutes off in midweek but will start as long as he declares himself ready. Castillejo is excluded from this matchday squad for what the team calls muscle fatigue.
Udinese have one win out of five to start the season. They feature a rising star in Rodrigo De Paul and players who have played well against Milan in the past, Kevin Lasagna for example.
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