Week 26: Milan – Salernitana

Milan – Salernitana March 13 2023 20:45CET

With one eye on the Champions League second leg match at Tottenham it was Milan returning to tame losing ways at Fiorentina. The week 25 2-1 loss in Tuscany was an opportunity lost to further solidify a Serie A top four spot. After holding Tottenham to 0-0 tie and progressing to the quarter finals of the Champions League Milan get another chance at making sure there is top European football next season. Roma, Lazio, Inter and Atalanta all dropped points so three points against Salernitana will prove even more valuable.

The injury list is still looks unfamiliar in its size. Only Messias is on the missing list with all others available to Pioli. Not that this makes the lineup very unpredictable with a few notable players always underused. Maignan is one of the stars of the team with his presence making a big impact. Kalulu, Thiaw and Tomori will hold the line at the back hoping to eliminate mistakes that allow the opposition score. Krunic and Tonali are the first names for the midfield even with Bennacer available. Krunic has done well in recent weeks and has earned the praise of some fans despite being dubbed – in a not so positive way- a Pioli favorite for much of his Milan career. Theo and Saelemaekers should be the two so called wing backs behind Diaz, Leao and Giroud.

Salernitana, featuring Krzysztof Piatek and his three Serie A goals so far, sit close to the relegation spots and are in the midst of a somewhat roller coaster season.