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Roma vs. Milan: Predicted Lineups

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Roma find themselves on the brink as they enter Sunday’s pivotal league showdown versus Milan at San Siro.

Coming off their midweek Coppa Italia elimination against rivals Lazio, Jose Mourinho and his men are at a crossroads ahead their meeting against Stefano Pioli’s side. Sitting ninth in the table, Roma’s season is hanging by a thread, forcing them to earn a result in Lombardia—where they haven’t defeated the Rossoneri since 2017.

Kick-off is scheduled for 20.45 CET at San Siro in Milano.

Roma

Jose Mourinho and Roma enter their showdown against Milan in frighteningly poor form. On Wednesday, they were bounced from the Coppa Italia after falling 1-0 to Lazio in the Derby della Capitale. Meanwhile, they’ve won only 1 of their last 5 league fixtures in Serie A and can’t afford to lose more ground in the race for top four.

The Special One confirmed they’ll likely be without Paulo Dybala after the Argentine suffered yet another injury in their midweek defeat—his fourth of the season.

“Finding a solution for playing without Dybala is not exactly the thing as [Pep] Guardiola finding a solution when [Erling] Haaland is not available because he’s got Julian Alvarez,” Mourinho stated during his pre-match press conference.

“It’s not the same thing for [Mauricio] Pochettino: if [Raheem] Sterling doesn’t play, [Mykhailo] Mudryk plays It’s not the same for [Jurgen] Klopp: when there’s no Luis Dias, there’s Diogo Jota. And when there’s no Jota, there’s Darwin Nunez. It’s not the same.”

Adding, “And as I’ve said before, I’m not blaming anyone. I’m only blaming those who don’t understand. Roma have a financial situation with FFP that’s not an agreement: it’s a requirement. And Roma are severely restricted by that and you can see it on the pitch.”

“You see it during the season when difficulties arise, when there’s any sort of problem. You can’t hide it.”

In his place, Mourinho is expected to utilise Andrea Belotti alongside Romelu Lukaku with Leandro Paredes, Edoardo Bove, and Bryan Cristante in midfield. Finally, Dean Huijsen will likely make his second start, joining Diego Llorente and Gianluca Mancini in defence.

Milan

Like their opponents, Milan enter Sunday’s affair after being ousted from the Coppa Italia. The Rossoneri fell 2-1 to Atalanta at home as manager Stefano Pioli admitted his side are motivated to get back to winning ways against Roma.

“We need to redeem ourselves straight away, we owe it to ourselves and the fans. We are AC Milan, the criticisms are part of the game: from the first day, I have always tried to provide my players with the best conditions to express themselves,” Pioli told the media prior to tomorrow’s fixture.

“The second half of the season begins, and we need to do better than we have done so far, which I think could secure a third-place finish; if something else happens, we will see, we need to do big things and this won’t depend on us alone. We need to try and floor it.”

He continued, “I expect an open and combative game, we need to put in a high-level performance to improve our numbers regarding direct confrontations. Roma is an expert, physical and organised, they concede little, know how to find a spark in attack and are strong in dead-ball situations. Mourinho is a top manager, before certain games you have to praise the opposition.”

Despite several absences, the Rossoneri won’t be short on confidence when they take the pitch against Roma. They won the first meeting 2-1 earlier this season in early September and haven’t lost to the capital side since 2019.

Predicted Lineups

MILAN (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez; Adli, Reijnders; Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Leao; Giroud

Unavailable: Marco Sportiello, Pierre Kalulu, Alessandro Florenzi, Mattia Caldara, Malick Thiaw, FIkayo Tomori, Marco Pellegrino, Tommaso Pobega, Ismaël Bennacer, Samuel Chukwueze

ROMA (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Mancini, Huijsen, Llorente; Kristensen, Cristante, Paredes, Bove, Zalewski; Lukaku, Belotti

Unavailable: Tammy Abraham, Evan Ndicka, Renato Sanches, Houssem Aouar, Chris Smalling, Sardar Azmoun, Paulo Dybala

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MatchDay 38
26 May 20:45
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