Milan's next two games will go a long way towards determining where they finish in the Serie A table six months from now. After a 4-0 loss against Napoli in the first week of October, Milan have averaged two points per game in their seven games since. In order for Milan to make a real push for European competition, they must beat teams like Carpi, who Milan play on Sunday, and Verona, who Milan play next week.
Anything less than six points against the nineteenth- and twentieth-placed teams in the table would be a failure for a team with Milan's ambition. With Roma having already dropped points on Saturday against Torino, and two games with massive implications looming next week (Napoli-Roma and Juventus-Fiorentina), Milan cannot afford to blow this chance.mIf Milan are able to beat both Carpi and Verona, they will be guaranteed to have made ground on Roma, and one of Juventus or Fiorentina. If things break their way, Milan could realistically gain points on four of the six teams ahead of them in the table in the short span of eight days.
As foolproof as this scenario sounds, everything is dependent on Milan beating both Carpi and Verona. While it may be easy to look past these sides, seeing as they have a combined total of eighteen losses in Serie A action, Milan have to take care of business. Milan have struggled to break down teams who "park the bus" from the first minute and play for the draw, so the full six points is far from guaranteed. Yet in order for Milan to make a legitimate push up the table, it is imperative that they take six points from these next two games.