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Europa League Quarter-final: AC Milan vs Roma Preview & Confirmed Lineups

AC Milan vs Roma
Match Info
Date
19 April 2024
Time12:30 AM IST 🇮🇳
Stadium
LeagueEuropa League Quarter-final
 
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Italian Showdown: AC Milan Eye Comeback as Roma Defend Lead in Europa League Quarter-Final Second Leg

The Europa League quarterfinals reach their climax on Thursday night as AC Milan host AS Roma in the second leg at the San Siro. The Giallorossi hold a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg, thanks to Gianluca Mancini's early header. However, the tie remains wide open, and a classic encounter is on the cards as both sides vie for a place in the semi-finals.

AC Milan: Rossoneri Hunting Redemption at Home

Stefano Pioli's AC Milan will be desperate to overturn the first-leg deficit and reignite their European dream. The Rossoneri were frustrated in Rome, failing to convert their dominance into goals. The return of Rafael Leão from injury provides a much-needed attacking boost. Olivier Giroud remains a focal point upfront, while the creativity of Ismaël Bennacer and Sandro Tonali will be crucial in unlocking the Roma defense. The San Siro crowd will be a source of inspiration as Milan look to mount a comeback.

AS Roma: Mourinho's Masters of the Dark Arts Aim to Hold On

Under the guidance of the wily José Mourinho, AS Roma are known for their resilience and ability to grind out results. They will be well aware of the hostile atmosphere awaiting them at the San Siro, but their experience in European competitions makes them a dangerous opponent. Tammy Abraham's pace and movement upfront will be a key threat, while the experience of Chris Smalling at the back will be vital in keeping a clean sheet. Expect Roma to be defensively resolute and hit Milan on the counter-attack.

Confirmed Lineups:

AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Kalulu, Hernández; Bennacer, Tonali; Messias, Kessie, Leão; Giroud

AS Roma (3-4-2-1): Rui Patrício; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Zalewski, Cristante, Pellegrini, Spinazzola; Zaniolo, Abraham

Key Matchup: Leão vs. Zalewski

The battle on the flanks promises to be a crucial factor in the outcome. AC Milan's talisman, Rafael Leão, with his pace, dribbling skills, and ability to create chances, will be a constant threat to the Roma defense. However, he will face a stern test from Roma's young left-back, Riccardo Zalewski. The Polish international's defensive discipline and ability to track Leão's runs will be vital for Roma's hopes of preserving their lead.

Prediction:

This is a match too close to call. AC Milan will be the dominant force at home, but Roma's defensive solidity and counter-attacking threat cannot be ignored. Expect a tense and tactical affair with a single goal potentially deciding the outcome.

Score Prediction: AC Milan 1-0 AS Roma (Roma advance 2-0 on aggregate)

This prediction considers the first leg result and AC Milan's need to score. However, the beauty of the Europa League lies in its unpredictability. Tune in on Thursday for a captivating encounter between two of Italy's biggest clubs.

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