After their resounding victory in the Coppa Italia Femminile against Inter, the AC Milan Women will be back in action again. They’ll take on AS Roma this Saturday at the Stadio Tre Fontane in Rome.
The match will take place at 15:00 CEST (6am PST / 9am EST). You’ll be able to watch the game on Tim Vision, the AC Milan app, and on their Dailymotion page.
Here’s a brief overview of what you need to know before the match.
Milan have been in good form as of late, as they’ve won 16 out of their 18 league games. Roma, on the other hand, haven’t fared as well, as they’ve won 10 out of their 18 matches so far this season.
However, they also have other things going for them, mainly the momentum from beating Juventus in their Coppa Italia tie. Roma were also the first side to beat the Bianconere in two years.
One gets the sense that they are brimming with confidence and they’ll bring that enthusiasm into this match. On the other hand, the AC Milan Women are still buzzing after their derby win and pulling off a rimontata against Inter.
Look for the Rossonere to also feed off that confidence. Either way, the match is destined to be a worthwhile clash from two teams that are brimming with enthusiasm.
Milan will field their usual 3-5-2. Roma, on the other hand, alternate between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3. Given the way they’ve played these past few matches, expect the Giallorosse to lineup in the former to counter Milan’s formation.
Both teams will also field their strongest lineups. Roma have a young roster that’s brimming with burgeoning talent. Among the standouts from the team are Paloma Lazaro, their lead scorer, Angelica Soffia, the defender who shined in Italy’s friendlies with Iceland; Annamaria Serturini, their fast and modern winger who is the fulcrum of their attack, and Agnese Bonfantini, the rising star who has broken several records (and who also happens to be a Milanista).
However, Milan have the edge in terms of experience and maturity. Roma’s youthful vitality can’t compare to the experience of the likes of Vero Boquete, who has played at the highest level for nearly all of her career. (Not to mention they can’t match her in terms of talent too.)
Therefore, a player like Vero has the experience and wisdom to perform well in games like this. Laura Agard, Milan’s Champions League winning defender, possesses these traits as well.
If Milan are to win this game, then they will have to make use of all three of these things to secure victory on Saturday.
Other things of note
The game against Roma will no doubt, be memorable, but it will also be remarkable in other ways. When the Rossonere take the field this Saturday, they will officially play their 70th match in the league.
The team has come a long way since their debut in the league three years ago.
The game will also be Valentina Bergamaschi’s 60th game for the Rossonere. Let’s hope she’ll herald it with a win.