AC Milan started 2023 in the right way with three points away against Salernitana, despite the fact they were made to fight until the end after not taking chances.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) recalls this morning, Milan began to launch a comeback last season against Inter thanks to a month of January that began on Epiphany day against Roma and ended in early February with the victory in the derby over Inter, thanks to Giroud’s brace.
By chance, the schedule is very similar this year: the next block of five games in the league will see Milan play against Roma at the San Siro and close the cycle in early February against the Nerazzurri. In between are games against Lecce, Lazio and Sassuolo but also the Coppa Italia against Torino and of course the Supercoppa against Inter.
Of course relying on history to repeat itself is not enough and the mental strength of the group will be needed, one which by now has the experience to deal with this type of situation and pressure.
Pioli will rely on his protagonists as always, from Tonali and Bennacer in the heart of the midfielder (Milan have lost only two of the 34 games that saw Sandro and Ismael on the pitch together from the start) to Calabria and Saelemaekers on the right.
Recoveries will be key too, such as those of Maignan, Origi and all the other injured players. In addition, Milan have yet to unlock the talent of Charles De Ketelaere, and once he gets going the team could look even better.