Under intense pressure and undergoing an administrative reform, Milan host Atalanta on Saturday, December 23, in a match for the 18th round of the 2017/2018 Italian Championship, the penultimate of the first round. In the stadium Giuseppe Meazza, welcomes Atalanta. The game starts scheduled for 15h (Brasilia time).
Milan’s recent performance
After investing heavily in reinforcements at the start of the season and without achieving the expected results, Milan dismissed coach Vicenzo Montella. The club’s idol and coach of the teams of the red-black base division, Gennaro Gattuso was placed in the place. But your days seem to be numbered.
In the middle of the season the Milanese team initiated a change in the administration and went looking for new leaders for the department of soccer. As the bad results continue, Gattuso, who would initially be in charge until the end of the season, is threatened to lose his job much earlier.
In the seventeenth round, Milan staged a vexation. He was thrashed, away from home, by Verona, who is in the relegation zone of the tournament. It took 3 to 0 and was parked in the 24 points (seven wins, three draws and seven losses). It occupies the eighth position. It’s outside the qualifying zone for European tournaments next season.
The goal of putting the team back into the Champions League was even harder to achieve. The block of classified is closed by Rome, fourth place, with 14 points more than the Milanese and a game less.
Thus, the team remains the path of the Europa League. Milan managed to advance to the second round of the competition. You will face the Ludogorets, from Bulgaria. The duel begins only on February 15. As this competition has become a priority, it is possible that a change of coach will not happen in January if Gattuso fails to achieve a series of positive results.
To face Atalanta, the coach will not be able to count on the Spanish midfielder Suso (16 games in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, five goals). He received red card in the defeat against Verona and will have to comply with automatic suspension.
The current form of Atalanta
The Bergamo team had less time to prepare. On Wednesday, December 20, he received Sassuolo for the last 16 of the Italian Cup. He defeated Sassuolo by 2 to 1, ensuring his survival in the competition.
It increased to seven its sequence of departures without defeat. There were five wins and two draws in the period. Also in the dispute of the Europa League, the team has better achieved its situation in the Italian Series A. It occupies the seventh position. Like Milan, he had 24 points (six wins, six draws and five losses). It is a leading position in the standings because it gets better when the tiebreaker criteria are used.
So Saturday’s match is important for both sides in an attempt to move closer to Sampdoria, which closes the Europa League standings in sixth place. You have three more points and one game less. The duel to perform, however, is one of the most difficult. It will face Roma in the game capital that has been postponed due to bad weather and has not yet had a new date marked.
The great obstacle of the team of Bergamo in the Italian Championship is its campaign like visitor. It is the fourth worse in this question in the tournament with only six points (one victory, three draws and four losses) of the 24 disputed. However, four of these points were in the last two games, showing evolution.
History of the matches Milan vs Atalanta
The tie was the most frequent result in the last five matches involving the teams. It was registered on three occasions. In this series, each team won once.
Milan seem completely aimless. Gattuso has been trying to implement tactical changes, but has not been successful in improving both performance and results. Athletes also do not signal that they are able to cope with the great pressure from the board and the crowd. This could end up making Atalanta’s task easier, much more relaxed. Thus, the guess in the visiting team is a good option for the confrontation. It has a price of 2.90 in Rivalo. Draw pays 3.40 and success of the owners of the house yields 2.40.