AC Milan will look to build upon their win over Inter Milan by putting SS Lazio to the sword and progressing to the Coppa Italia semifinals.
Italian giants AC Milan go into their Coppa Italia quarter-final against SS Lazio in high spirits following a come-from-behind win over Inter Milan at the weekend.
An Olivier Giroud double saw the Rossoneri get the better of the Serie A champions and blow open the title race. In a season where Milan have often shot themselves in the foot, the coming few games could set the stage for Stefano Pioli’s side to redeem themselves and end the campaign on a high.
A win on the night will see Milan enter the semifinal stage of the competition for the third time in four seasons. However, they have failed to make their chances count and have not won the competition since 2003.
Milan and Lazio have faced off twice at the semifinal stage of the cup in the last five years, with each team coming out on top once. Milan won the tie in 2018, falling to Juventus in the final, while Lazio exacted revenge the following year and went on to lift the trophy.
Sarri’s side enjoyed a difficult start to the season but have begun to assert themselves of late. Le Aquile have an outside chance of making it to the top four of the Serie A, but the Coppa Italia represents the best chance for them to win a trophy.
Lazio will be without the services of Francesco Acerbi and Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, who remain unavailable through injury. Spanish veteran Pedro returned to the lineup at the weekend and is likely to keep his place in the first XI.
Sarri could deploy his side in a 4-3-3 system that has shown itself to be fluid this season. Thomas Strakohsa is expected to start in goal behind the back four of Elseid Hysaj, Luiz Felipe, Patric and Adam Marusic. Danilo Cataldi is likely to replace Lucas Leiva in central midfield, but Luis Alberto and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are likely to keep their places in midfield.
The front three will be led by Ciro Immobile, who is currently in a hot streak of form. The Italian veteran has netted in five of Lazio’s last six games and will pose a threat to the Milan defence on the night. He will be backed up by Pedro and Mattia Zaccagni on the flanks.
- Milan and Lazio have faced off 184 times against each other in all competitions. Milan have won 81 games while Lazio came out on top 39 times.
- Milan and Lazio have faced off 20 times in the Coppa Italia, with the former coming out on top nine times and the latter eight times.
- The last time the two sides faced off in the Coppa Italia quarter-final in 2015, Lazio came out on top courtesy of a Lucas Biglia penalty.
- Ciro Immobile is Lazio’s top scorer with 21 goals in all competitions. None of the Milan players have scored double figures this campaign, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic their top scorer on eight goals.
- Sixteen players have found the back of the net for Milan this season compared to twelve for Lazio.