AC Milan – Lazio Roma: Tactical Battle With Lots Of Pressing Decided By Penalty (1-0)

This game between two sides fighting for the Champions League places began cagey, as predicted. Smart changes after half time from Gennaro Gattuso opened the game up. After Lazio’s desperation to make up ground cost them a penalty, Milan were able to keep all three points at San Siro.

Tactical analysis and match report by Tom Quartly.

AC Milan have been struggling of late. Four points out of their last five games, including defeats to Juventus and in the Derby Della Madonnina, has not been pretty viewing. With Atalanta and tonight’s opponents Lazio breathing down their neck, a win here basically was a must.

The 2-1 loss to Juventus did not dishearten Gennaro Gattuso, as he fielded the same starting eleven, in the same 4-3-3 formaion as the previous week. Pepe Reina continues his stint in goal, with Alessio Romagnoli and Mateo Musacchio protecting the Spaniard in the heart of the defense. Mainstays Davide Calabria and Ricardo Rodriguez play at fullback whilst the midfield trio of Tiémoué Bakayoko, Franck Kessié and Hakan Çalhanoğlu start their second game together. Suso on the right wing, and a sixth start for Fabio Borini on the left, acted as the main supply for dynamite goalscorer Krzysztof Piątek, who functions as the lone striker.

Lazio went into this game following . . .

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