After losing to Roma 1-0, Milan continued their winless streak with a 0-0 draw to Atlanta.
The starting lineup was the following:
It appeared that Carlos Bacca would start but he was left on the bench for Lapadula. Bacca may have been helpful in a game that lacked goals and high quality chances.
Throughout the whole first half, Atalanta piled the pressure on the Rossoneri. Whenever Milan did manage to escape their side of the half they would string together a few passes, then fail to create an effective opportunity because of an inaccurate or slow pass.
In stoppage time in the first half, Ignazio Abate fouled Leonardo Spinazzola, creating a free kick opportunity. Alejandro Gomez fired a beautiful pass into the middle of the box, but Donnarumma saved Roberto Gagliardini's header.
Immediately after, Milan responded with a counterattack that actually ended with an opportunity. Luca Antonelli sprinted down the wing and touched the ball around Andrea Conti, only to hit the post.
In the second half, Andrea Bertolacci slipped up, and Milan nearly conceded a goal in the early moments, but Gomez failed to beat Donnarumma. In the 62nd minute Kucka fired a pass across goal but no one was there to clean up the mess. Milan slowly got better and better goal scoring opportunities, and nearly broke the deadlock in the 77nd minute when Atalanta goalkeeper, Marco Sportiello fumbled with the ball in front of goal. Lapadula cracked a shot, but was unable to beat the wall of defenders. Enter Carlos Bacca, who made a beautiful run almost straight after coming on, dodging past the goalkeeper, only for Conti to shut him down.
In the end, it was a frustrating and challenging afternoon for Milan, who lacked creativity and determination to break down a solid Atalanta side. They currently sit in third place with just 33 points, however if Napoli and Lazio win both their matches, they could drop to fifth. If one of them wins, it’s a one spot drop to fourth.