Milan have gone from leading during the first half of the season to falling to fifth place in Serie A on Monday after their clear loss to Lazio (3-0). Fighting for the ‘scudetto’ has ceased to be a wonderful dream for weeks and now the great goal of Stefano Pioli’s team is to return to be among the top four of the Italian championship to certify its presence in the Champions League for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
The great hope of the ‘Rossonera’ fans is the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite his 39 years of age, the Swedish forward’s competition is fundamental as evidenced by the fact that, in his absence due to muscular problems, Milan has only been able to beat Genoa (2-1) in the last three days, and thanks to an own goal from Gianluca Scamacca. Then came the losses against Sassuolo, who recovered the initial goal of Hakan Çalhanoglu (1-2), and Lazio (3-0).
Everything indicates that Ibra will reappear and will start in the momentous match at San Siro against Benevento, led by his former striker Pippo Inzaghi and in relegation positions by occupying the third to last place in the table.
He already trains with the group
“It should be available,” Pioli said on Monday after the debacle against Lazio. Good news came from Milanello on Tuesday as Ibra participated in the training with his teammates who were not starters on Monday and from today until Saturday he must physically get ready.
Ibra has played 17 of the 33 matches played (practically half), but is still Milan’s top scorer with 15 goals. With him in the field, the ‘Rossoneri’ have only reaped 3 defeats.
Five decisive days
There are five games to play and Milan, despite falling to fifth place, keep their options intact in the very equal fight to qualify for the Champions League since they have the same points (66) as Naples (3rd) and Juventus (4th). while Atalanta (2nd) adds 68.
After taking on Benevento, Milan will visit Juventus and Atalanta on the last day in two direct confrontations that will mark the outcome of this exciting end of the season.