Fiorentina – AC Milan: Continued misery for Fiorentina as Milan crawl over the line (0-1)
In this slow-burner of a match, Fiorentina tussled for control of a match that always felt slightly out of their reach. So, while Milan did a solid enough job of threatening when keeping the ball within the home side’s half, Vincenzo Montella’s side failed when attempting to do the same.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Two Coppa Italia semi-final blowouts met in the league this weekend as both sides looked to put varying spouts of poor form behind them. Fiorentina were winless in all competitions since February - as series stretching to fourteen games including tonight - while Milan had only won two of their last nine matches in all competitions – hardly the form of a side with aspirations of a top four finish.
Former Milan manager Montella made various changes to his Fiorentina side. Reverting from the 3-5-2 setup that lost 1-0 to Empoli last weekend, to a 4-3-3 system this weekend, the manager also made three changes in personnel. Jordan Veretout, Giovanni Simeone and Germán Pezzella all departed the team, with Bryan Dabo, Federico Chiesa and Vincent Laurini taking their respective places.
Gennaro Gattuso made four alterations to his side that beat Bologna 2-1 last weekend. Alessio Romagnoli returned ahead of Cristián Zapata in defense, while temporary exits from the midfield for Lucas Biglia and Lucas Paquetá through injury and suspension saw Tiemoué Bakayoko and Hakan Çalhanoğlu take their spots. Fabio Borini then took up Çalhanoğlu’s previous position in the front three.
Starting lineups for both sides.
Milan ease their way into proceedings
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