Milan’s last match at San Siro of the Serie A season pits them against Atalanta on Sunday afternoon.
Intriguingly, the Rossoneri have collected more points away from home compared to their tally at the Giuseppe Meazza this term. Although, they are unbeaten on home turf since mid-January and haven’t conceded a goal at that venue in the last six hours of Serie A football.
Here’s the XI Stefano Pioli may deploy to edge Milan closer to the Scudetto.
Mike Maignan (GK) – Last season’s Ligue 1 champion with Lille is within four points of replicating that title triumph in his first season of Serie A football.
Davide Calabria (RB) – The reliable right-back has been the go-to captain in the continued absence – through form rather than fitness – of Alessio Romagnoli.
Pierre Kalulu (CB) – Initially shuffling centrally as Fikayo Tomori’s replacement at the turn of the year, Kalulu has formed an imperious partnership alongside the Englishman since March, keeping six clean sheets in eight games together.
Fikayo Tomori (CB) – Each facet of Tomori’s approach on and off the pitch has left his manager lauding the 24-year-old as “a positive surprise in every way”.
Theo Hernandez (LB) – Only Sassuolo’s Maxime Lopez has carried the ball further towards goal across the Serie A season than Milan’s marauding fullback (per FBref).
Sandro Tonali (CM) – In his last three matches, Tonali has scored as many goals (three) as in his previous 91 appearances in the competition.
Ismael Bennacer (CM) – Injuries, suspension and a mid-season AFCON have pockmarked Bennacer’s campaign. Yet, healthy and fully available again, the Algeria international provides a progressive ballast in midfield.
Franck Kessie (AM) – The Barcelona-bound midfielder is poised to feature in his last match in red and black at San Siro this weekend.
Junior Messias (RW) – As recently as 2018, the fourth tier was the highest level of senior Italian football Messias had graced. In two weeks’ time, he could be a Serie A champion.
Olivier Giroud (ST) – One more goal would take the 35-year-old’s tally to double digits for the league campaign, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo as the oldest player to hit this mark in their maiden season of Serie A (per Lega Serie A).
Rafael Leao (LW) – After a pair of goalless draws in April threatened to derail their title tilt, Leao has emphatically responded with five direct goal contributions in the club’s last four matches.