Week 30: Bologna – Milan
Pioli made several changes vs Empoli in week 29 and the 0-0 home time undid some of the momentum and gains of the 4-0 rout at Napoli. Origi and Rebic came under further criticism and starting them pretty much backfired. Milan rebounded at beat Tottenham 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals, courtesy of an improving Diaz.
With a top four spot still very much in play Pioli and – the almost healthy – Milan squad must find a balance between the Serie A and the Champions League. Word is that this week 30 match at Bologna will feature even more changes with all of Florenzi, Ballo-Toure, Pobega, Vranckx, Rebic, De Ketelaere and Origi possibly starting. It is a big gamble and if it fails Milan could find themselves in more danger of losing out of the top four places. The second leg of the quarter final versus Napoli is midweek and the next few days will dictate Milan’s season more than most.
Riccardo Orsolini is among the important absentees as he is suspended for this match. Marko Arnautovic and Andrea Cambiaso will miss this match as well. Lazio won their match day 30 by beating Spezia 3-0 and are putting some distance between themselves and the pack fighting for places behind league leaders Napoli. Finishing the season in second place is looking increasingly difficult.
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