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Matchday XIX: Lazio v Milan

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On Sunday Milan head to the Stadio Olimpico to play Lazio who have had their trials and tribulations this season but have righted the ship under Edy Reja. The stands tell the whole story:

7
28
11
8
9
36
35
1
41

8
28
12
4
12
43
46
-3
40

9
28
11
4
13
31
38
-7
37

10
28
9
9
10
39
36
3
36

11
28
9
8
11
41
42
-1
35


Reja has always been tough on Milan, and this match will be no different. Unless of you course you consider the tactical shambles that Milan is in and the tendency for Reja to be a tactical chameleon presents the tactical inept Clarence Seedorf with an even greater challenge. One thing is for certain, Clarence will roll out a 4-2-3-1 with wingers who are not wingers, strikers who don't do well alone, and a dual pivot that doesn't work well together or pivot! This will mean Reja can pull out one of his many formations, be it 4-5-1, 4-1-4-1, or 3-4-3. All of these present a unique challenge to Milan who have been unable to cope with teams who play out wide and cut incisively inside. I would expect a bit more attack from Lazio at home and a proper Coach would negate that accordingly. We don't have a proper Coach and while I don't expect Lazio to drop four on Milan, I don't see a win in the cards for this one.

Yes, I am pessimistic, but I have a right to be and if Lazio comes out wide and wants to play in the wings creating space for Candreva, he will use that space and make Milan pay. Milan will need to rely on Taraabt who seems to be the only player capable of playing well in this setup and Rami who under Seedorf has more goals than Balotelli from open play. To say this team desperately needs a win is an understatement, but at this point even a draw will be a moral victory and a clean sheet would be a miracle!