Date: 26 February 2019
Time: 9:00 PM Rome, 3:00 PM Eastern, 8:00 PM UTC
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
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Milan traveled to Rome to take on Lazio in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal later today, and Milan have a pretty good opportunity to get a trophy this season with the final four clubs being Fiorentina, Atalanta, Lazio and Milan. Milan, however, should not take it for granted, as they still have a difficult task ahead of them in Lazio, who are also in the running for the fourth and final Champions League spot along with Milan, AS Roma, and Atalanta.
Milan bring the regular 23 man squad to the capital, and it looks to be a rather unchanged side that will be likely be played. The only change is rumored to be a swap of Samu Castillejo for Suso and the return of Davide Calabria for Andrea Conti, and even then, those changes won’t be a big deal, as those two are the usual starters on anyway.
The big question going into this match is if new striker Krzysztof Piatek continues his amazing scoring pace and if Lucas Paquetà is also able to keep up his good run of form. The addition of those two players into the lineup has been brilliant, and Milan have looked about as good as they have in years recently.
A win over Lazio in the first leg would go a long way towards easing the pain of crashing out the Europa League, and a Coppa Italia final would boost Gennaro Gattuso’s status as manager. Just don’t get too excited, as the real goal is qualification for the Champions League.