After the massive win in Rome on the weekend, Gennaro Gattuso’s men are operating at 120%. The midfield play from Franck Kessie and the emergence of Davide Calabria has helped AC Milan’s confidence soar in recent weeks.
They will continue to be without Andrea Conti, Marco Storari, and Luca Antonelli.
#ACMilan XI: Donnarumma; Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura; Suso, Cutrone, Calhanoglu— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 28, 2018
Subs | Panchina: Donnarumma A., Guarnone, Abate, Gomez, Musacchio, Zapata, Locatelli, Mauri, Montolivo, Borini, Kalinic, André Silva#LazioMilan #TIMCup pic.twitter.com/WSW2CkZomz
Inzaghi will not be able to utilize Martin Caceres, Pedro Neto, and Bruno Jordao as they are still nursing injuries.
Milan - W/W/W/W/W
What can you say about Milan’s form since the start of the year other than spectacular? Every week is a new bar, a new test. And every week they pass with flying colors. The match against Roma saw baited and patient play for the first half, followed by immediate payoff and satisfaction in the form of a Patrick Cutrone back-heel goal. With five wins in a row in all competitions, Gattuso can smell the finals. He’s putting out his A-team tonight, it will be a matter of who can draw blood first.
Lazio - L/L/W/W/W
Lazio is a dangerous team late in the competition. They have been struggling as of late, against better squads. They recently let up a four spot against Napoli and three to Udinese. With a draw against Milan last time on their home grounds, and a loss in regular league play on the docket, Milan is certainly the favorite.
Lazio has failed to impress against bigger clubs this year and that hasn’t gone unnoticed. That doesn’t mean they aren’t one of the most dangerous clubs when firing on all cylinders, certainly in a knockout cup competition. It’s not too difficult to see a situation where Lazio park and try to draw out the match as long as possible to catch Milan off guard. Like Roma, Lazio will look to take advantage of a high press, searching for avenues or lanes that can be capitalized on. Calabria will need to be on top of his game once again. Still, between Milan’s form and Gattuso’s rock-solid resolve, I have a difficult time imagining anything but a win here for the Rossoneri, to put them through to the finals.
Match Date, Time and Location
Wednesday, February 28, 2:45 PM (ET), 7:45 p.m. (GMT)
Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy
Italy: Sky Sport 1, Sky Super Calcio and Sky Calcio 1
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