Milan will face one of their toughest challenges in the 2021/22 Serie A campaign on Sunday, with Atalanta looking to topple Roma on the points table.
Going into Sunday’s fixture, two teams will be chasing different ambitions. As for Milan, it is the coveted Scudetto. Meanwhile, La Dea’s eyes are fixed on the next season’s Europa League qualification.
With Roma dropping points against Venezia on Saturday, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have been handed a massive boost in the race. A win on Sunday will take them closer to their European dreams. Even if they fail to attain the sixth spot, finishing seventh could also ensure Europa Conference League play-offs for the Nerazzurri.
Milan have been dauntingly consistent lately. If anything, they are on a 14-match unbeaten run in Serie A. Atalanta have lost just one in their last five league fixtures, making their recent form look relatively less flashy than that of the Rossoneri.
The recent form (in the last five matches in Serie A)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to full fitness has emerged as a blessing in disguise for Milan, with the Swede playing a pivotal part in recent weeks after coming off the bench in the second half. However, Simon Kjaer remains out with his respective injury issue.
Atalanta will miss the likes of Rafael Tolói, Giuseppe Pezzella, and Josip Iličić through injuries. Luis Muriel and Mario Pasalic will have to be at the top of their game to amass a positive result against the in-form Milan team.
Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Krunic, Leao; Giroud
Atalanta (3-4-2-1): Musso; Djimsiti, Demiral, Palomino; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Zappacosta; Koopmeiners, Pasalic; Muriel
It will certainly be a difficult matchup for the visitors against the Rossoneri at San Siro. Driven by the idea of lifting their first Scudetto since the 2010/11 season, the home crowd will be backing their players, making the affair more complex for La Dea. But Gasperini’s men have been there and have carried out multiple miracles over the years, which is why the encounter appears to be the most challenging task for Milan ahead of the final fixture.