Date: Saturday. March 7th, 2015
Time: 2:45 pm ET / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio "Giuseppe Meazza"; Milan, Italy
As I said here, tonight's game will be crucial for our season and especially for our coach Pippo Inzaghi. First of all, the management will accept only a win as the final result. It has been a season full of ups and downs for AC Milan and since they earned only 9 points in the last 9 games, the mood in Milanello isn't good. Then the team need a boost in confidence that could be provided only by a convincing win tonight against Hellas Verona - no 1-0 victory with a penalty by Menez can be accepted - and this could even save Pippo's job.
If yesterday's preview wasn't enough I'm going to help your memory with three gifs about the three goals we scored on October 19th in Verona. It's funny to see that in these three plays participated players that are not going to play tonight: Abate and El Shaarawy have been on the injury list since the end of January, Honda will be on the bench, ready to replace someone during the game.
We start our trip into last match against Hellas Verona from Marques embarrassing own goal: great pass to nobody in the box by Ignazio Abate and classic forward finishing by Gialloblu defender with Rafael really surprised.
Now a classy play by Stephan El Shaarawy on the left finding on the other side Keisuke Honda with an illuminating pass, who had only to use his great left foot to place the ball near the post. The Japanese midfielder wasn't bad as a right winger in his first games this season and that's the proof.
The third goal is a classic counterattack play: Honda was found open behind opponent left-back and he only had to push the ball into the net.
And AC Milan official youtube channel completes this presentation with the top five plays of the previous matches against Hellas Verona.
Now that your memory is ready for that game, these are the Starting XI for tonight's game:
Line-up Vs @HellasVeronaFC: Diego Lopez; Bonera, Paletta, Mexes, Antonelli; Poli, Muntari, Bonaventura; Menez; Cerci, Pazzini #MilanVerona— AC Milan (@acmilan) March 7, 2015
Red&black bench for #MilanVerona: Abbiati, Gori (66), Abate, Bocchetti, Van Ginkel, Mastalli (36), Suso, Honda, Destro. #forzaMilan— AC Milan (@acmilan) March 7, 2015
#MilanVerona Benussi; E.Pisano, Moras, Marquez, Ionita; Sala, Tachtsidis, Hallfredsson; Juanito Gomez, Toni, Jankovic http://t.co/YC6PKJkeI6— Eurosport.it (@EurosportCom_IT) March 7, 2015