Date: 11 May 2019
Time: 18.30 Rome, 2.30 PM Eastern, 16.30 UTC
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy
Previous Result: 22 December 2018: Milan 0-1 Fiorentina
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Probable lineup vs. Fiorentina (4-3-3):— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) May 10, 2019
Donnarumma; Abate, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodríguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Çalhanoglu; Suso, Piatek, Borini [Sky]
Milan travel to Florence in search of a win that will keep Milan on pace to qualify for the Champions League this season while Fiorentina are in search of any kind of result. Between the conflict between Gennaro Gattuso and Tiémoué Bakayoko and the constant speculation that Gattuso is out the door at the end of the season, this team has been consumed in a firestorm of off-the-pitch controversies. None of those will go away with a win at Fiorentina, but all of them will get worse if Milan does anything other than win comfortably.
The host’s form is downright terrible, as sacking Stefano Pioli and replacing him with former Milan manager Vincenzo Montella seems to have the exact opposite effect that was intended. Under Montella, Fiorentina drew their first game against Bologna, and then have lost three straight games in Serie A and also lost 2-1 in second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals. And while the loss to Juventus is understandable, the losses to Sassuolo and Empoli have been almost too much for the Viola faithful to endure.
Milan should win this match, if for no other reason that Fiorentina seems to have already quit on Montella, despite missing a few players through injury and suspension. The only surprise would be a return to the starting XI for Bakayoko, although it seems that he and Gattuso have ironed out their differences, at least for the next three games.
Milan have everything to play for today, and anything less than an impressive win would be a disappointment. Let’s hope the Rossoneri respond well.