With a new coach, Milan closes on Thursday, December 7, their successful campaign in the group stage of the Europa League edition 2017/2018. From 16h (Brasília time) he faces Rijeka at the HNK stadium in Rijeka, Croatia. The game is worth the sixth and final round and starts scheduled for 16h (Brasilia time).
The Milanese are undefeated in the tournament. They secured in advance not only the classification for the next stage of the tournament but also secured the first place. Rijeka, who split third with Austria Vienna with four points. Second place is in the hands of AEK, which has seven points.
The recent performance of Rijeka
The Croatian team is not eliminated. However, it depends on an improbable combination of results to get the second wave of the group. This possibility is necessarily a victory against Milan. But that alone is not enough.
It is also essential that AEK, as a visitor, be beaten by Austria Vienna. If these two results happen, there will be a triple tie in the second position and the definition will be made in the goal balance.
Of that combination the result that seems more difficult to be achieved is even the victory against Milan. Not that the Italian team has an unbeatable squad, but Rijeka can not deliver satisfactory results. In the last ten matches he made, for example, left the field defeated in five.
The most recent failure was on Saturday, December 2. At home, it took 2 to 1 of the Hajduk Split. The result left him in fourth place in the Croatian Championship with 29 points (nine wins, two draws and seven losses). They are 15 less than the Dynamo of Zagreb, leader of the competition.
The current form of Milan
The Milanese also can not deliver the expected results in the Italian Championship. That’s why coach Vicenzo Montella was fired. In his place, was promoted the former player and until then coach of the teams of Gennaro Gatuso. At first, he should stay at the post until the end of the season. According to the Italian press news, Carlo Ancelotti, dismissed by Bayern Munich, is the real goal of the red-black club.
To be able to survive until then, however, Gatuso must show results. His first game in charge of the team was not the best. Benevento, who had previously lost 14 games in the Italian League, managed to score for the first time by drawing with Milan 2-2. The goal of the equalizer was marked by his goalkeeper (Brignoli) in the 50th minute of the second half .
The unexpected stumble did not affect Milan’s situation so much in the Italian League. With 21 points (six wins, three draws and six losses), the team occupies the eighth place in the standings. His only viable goal is to fight for the sixth place, which would guarantee a spot in the next edition of the Europa League. With 26 points, Sampdoria closes this block.
This ends up turning the current edition of the tournament as the main focus for the Milanese. Once the club is sold to a group of Chinese investors to have invested heavily in hiring, it is the only viable opportunity for return to be offered in terms of results.
That is why Gatuso should not play in service and risk putting a reserve team on the pitch. After all, it is in the test period and if it can not show capacity in the short term it will hardly be preserved in the position until the end of the season.
History of the games between Rijeka and Milan
The start of the first round of the current edition of the Europa League was the first involving the teams. At home, the Milanese won 3-2.
None of the teams showed enough football to be considered a favorite. However, the Milan squad indicates the visitors’ guess as the best option. He has a prize of 2.20 in Betboo. Draw pays 3.20 and Croatian success multiplies the investment by 3.30.