A.S. ROMA are hosting AC MILAN on Saturday, when the clock strikes 9.45 at Italy, in Stadio Olimpico, as both sides need a win in order to stay in Scudetto-frame.
The great run of the Giallorossi has stopped at late, but they are still a great side to play against. Roma have found themselves this season with Claudio Ranieri and a win against Milan could take them back to the title race.
At the Milano side, things are wonderful. The Rossoneri are in the middle of a very good season, as they only a four-point gap separates them with the top. AC Milan have a lot to play for the Roma and they will fight…hard.
In the last time the two sides met, it was on Sunday, October 18, 2009. That day, Milan had the upper hand, despite an early lead by Roma with Menez in the third minute. Ronaldinho (57′) equaled in a penalty, and Pato added another one (67′).
The good halo that has been surrounding above the city of Rome, seems to become weaker every week, as they lost two Europa League matches to Greek side Panathinaikos and last weekend, drew 2-2 with Napoli.
In fact, they threw to the dumpster a two-goal lead against the Naples side, who came back to the game just in the last minute, when Slovakia’s highly-rated Marek Hamšík scored the equalizer from the penalty spot.
Roma Coach Claudio Ranieri does not dream big, after admitted that it would be almost impossible to stop Inter from reaching another title this season. On Saturday, he will face the ones who try to do ‘the impossible’.
A victory over Milan and a possible drop of points by Inter, who play Genoa, will see Roma back on the right track and could reopen the title race for three teams. But, a defeat would see Roma off title plans.
As for now, the Luppi are third in league with 51 points and thanks to Napoli, are three points away from Milan in second, and seven from Inter and the top of the league. Still, they are 8 points from fourth.
NEWS: Totti is out of the match. Toni is back to action after injury and likely to start against il Diavolo.
CALLED-UP: Andreolli, Santos, Mexes, Pizarro, Vucinic, Taddei, Motta, Faty, De Rossi, Riise, Baptista, Perrotta, Tonetto, Cerci, Julio Sergio Bertagnoli, Burdisso, Toni, Doni, Brighi, Cassetti, Menez.
The absence of Alexandre Pato will be felt, but AC Milan will still be very motivated to win the match, since the outcome of this match could be the Scudetto, after Milan lost twice the Derby della Madonnina this season.
It wasn’t too hard for Milan last weekend, when they beat Atalanta 3-1 with a brace of Pato plus Marco Borriello goal. But that followed a hard comeback in Florence, when Milan scored two late goals to overcome Fiorentina.
Unlike Roma Boss, the Rossoneri Coach Leonardo does dream about the Scudetto this season, and he knows that with the right work, il Diavolo can reach their 18th Serie A title.
il Diavolo have a very good run, and a great eye for goals, as they scored 12 goals in their last five games, combined with a good defense: Milan have conceded seven goals in their last five matches.
A victory over Roma and a possible drop of points by Inter could take Milan to the sky, as they theoretically could be two or one points away from the Nerazzuri and seven points ahead of Roma.
NEWS: Onyewu, Seedorf, Antonini, Mancini and Pato are unavailable. Gattuso is suspended.
CALLED-UP: Abbiati, Dida, Roma; Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Favalli, Jankulovski, Nesta, Oddo, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Ambrosini, Beckham, Flamini, Pirlo; Borriello, Huntelaar, Inzaghi, Ronaldinho.
By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog