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Week 25’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina provided three important points and somewhat revived the dimming European football hopes for next season. The injury situation made for another almost second choice lineup with Gomez and Vangioni covering for the missing Romagnoli and De Sciglio. Defensively the game wasn’t always convincing and Sosa in midfield was poor without the ball and was little help for the defense. The Argentinian’s start was also somewhat perplexing as Montella seems to have benched Locatelli for now. In the end good finishes by Kucka and Deulofeu mattered most and three points were very welcome.
Sassuolo are up next and the so called Milan nemesis, Domenico Berardi, has recently returned from injury and is getting back in to form just in time to possibly hurt Milan again.
Milan’s own injury situation sees De Sciglio back in the squad but possibly not starting. Romagnoli and Antonelli are still not ready so the defense might remain identical to week 25 with a possibility that Zapata takes up Gomez’s place. The midfield looks to be anchored by Sosa again with Bertolacci and Kucka around him.
The misfiring Bacca apparently refused another China offer to stay at Milan. The loyalty that he has shown to Milan is very commendable but his goal production and effort on the ball are much less so. In recent months Milan has missed a poacher and goalscorer as much as any other player. The Colombian seems to have the coach’s trust however, and will start with Deulofeu and Suso.
If all goes as planned and reported this will be Milan’s last match of the Berlusconi era! Forza Milan.