GdS: Mouth-watering midfield battle likely to set the tone in Lazio vs. Milan – the numbers

By Oliver Fisher -

The game between Lazio and Milan on Monday night could very well hinge on a very exciting midfield battle, according to a report.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport writes, the president Franck Kessie will have to be ready to lead Milan into battle again in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has scored ten goals in 31 league games so far this season, eight from the penalty spot and two sumptuous strikes, while he has 11 goals in all competitions.

Kessie, however, is realistic about where Milan are, remarking yesterday: “We lack consistency but we are a great team.” Kessie’s contract renewal is not an imminent issue, given Milan’s other problems, but it does expire in 2022 and he is considered a pillar for the future by the management.

Then there is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the blue corner, who is certainly more of a creative force with eight goals and eight assists in the league. Only Immobile (17 goals) has scored more than him in Inzaghi’s team in this Serie A. In his sixth season with Lazio, the 26-year-old Serbian is completing his growth as a team player.

On Thursday evening, in Naples, he scored his fourth goal from a direct free kick meaning that among the five major European leagues, he shares top spot with James Ward-Prowse of Southampton. Against Napoli he has broken another personal taboo, and now only Milan are missing to complete the series of goals scored against the top Serie A clubs.

Against the Rossoneri he will see Stefano Pioli, his coach in the first season at Lazio. Back then his role seemed like a puzzle as Pioli set him up as an attacking midfielder, while with Inzaghi he worked more on the coverage phase. Under contract until 2024, his future at Lazio will depend on where they finish this season.

Tags AC Milan Franck Kessie Sergej Milinkovic-Savic