This has the look of a defining season for AC Milan. The sleeping giants of Italian football have had seemingly one too many a sluggish campaign, and this season seems like one that would show how much recovery they’ve made so far.
On evidence of last weekend, there’s still much room to improve. The Rossoneri blew a two-goal lead against Napoli, turning a position of comfort to one chaos, and ended with a defeat. That will surely sting, but Rino Gattuso’s side can take consolation in their first half display before everything went south. And they’ll need to channel that first 45 minutes for the entirety of this weekend, as they host Roma.
Roma themselves have played the role of sleeping giants in the past, but the Giallorossi looked to have awaken, a run to the Champions League semis last season, coupled with a fifth successive top-three finish, means they’ve surely found their feet again.
Therefore, they are likely to be a tough test for Milan, but these are the kind of games the seven-time European champions have to start winning with frequency to show they’re getting back up there.
Milan’s city rivals, Inter, haven’t had the best start to the season, a defeat on the opening day to Sassuolo was followed up by a draw at home to Torino, where Luciano Spalletti watched his side throw away a two-goal lead. The Nerazzurri hope to finally get on board for wins this season as they visit Bologna.
Lazio are also winless so far this season; in fact, Simone Inzaghi’s team are pointless after two games. Admittedly, those two games have been against Napoli and Juventus, but sitting in 19th place doesn’t make good reading for a side aiming to make up for last season’s final day heartbreak. The Biucerchati host Frosinone this weekend, a very much winnable game.
Elsewhere, Parma will get a feel of what it’s like being back in the Italian top-flight as they host champions Juventus, while SPAL, sitting in a surprise third spot, visit Torino.
Fiorentina play host to Udinese, Chievo, bottom of the table, welcome Empoli to the Mandorlini, while fourth-placed Atalanta have a home game against Cagliari.
Milan v Roma
Torino v SPAL
Sassuolo v Genoa
Parma v Juventus
Atalanta v Cagliari
Bologna v Inter Milan
Fiorentina v Udinese
Sampdoria v Napoli
Lazio v Frosinone
Chievo v Empoli