Instead of European football, Milan travel to Cremona on Tuesday to take on Cremonese at the Stadio Giovanni Zini.
Milan had to work harder in their game against Spezia last Saturday than they would’ve liked. Theo Hernández gave the Rossoneri the lead early on, but Milan loanee Daniel Maldini equalized just before the hour mark. When it looked like Spezia would leave San Siro with a point, Olivier Giroud finished off a perfect cross by Sandro Tonali in the 90th minute. It saw Milan climb to 2nd place in Serie A, because Napoli beat Atalanta. The gap between Milan and the Partenopei is 6 points.
Cremonese also had late delight in their away match against Salernitana. Alvini’s men were able to salvage a point in Salerno thanks to a late goal by Daniel Ciofani. Because of that, Cremonese now occupy 18th place in Serie A, only 3 points away from a safe spot. However, the Grigiorosi are still yet to win a match in Italy’s top flight this season.
Doing that against Milan won’t be an easy task. There are only 2 Serie A rounds left before the World Cup break and Pioli’s men would want the gap with Napoli to stay as little as possible. If Cremonese manage to get points against Milan, it would certainly be an upset.
Results in the last five matches in all competitions
Milan are without Olivier Giroud, who received his second yellow after taking off his shirt while celebrating the winner against Spezia. Theo Hernández is also suspended, after he received his fifth yellow card of the season on Saturday. It is expected that Ballo-Touré takes his place in the starting eleven. Stefano Pioli will still have to do without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mike Maignan, Alessandro Florenzi, Davide Calabria and Alexis Saelemaekers.
Chiriches and Radu are both doubts for Cremonese, which should mean another start for Atalanta loanee Carnesecchi. Cyriel Dessers is unavailable due to a leg injury. The Nigerian striker has scored 2 goals and gave 1 assist in 12 Serie A matches. Meité is expected to feature for Cremonese, which means a reunion between him and AC Milan, the club where he spent half a season on loan in 2021.
Jurre van Wanrooij | GIFN