The AC Milan Women will return to action this Saturday when they take on Pink Bari. The last time the two teams met was last September and Milan won that match 3-1.
Here’s a primer of what you’ll need to know before this Saturday’s match…
Four Milan players are still coming off the emotional high of helping Italy secure qualification for the Women’s Euros in 2022. The players are Linda Tucceri Cimini, Laura Fusetti, Valentina Bergamaschi, and Valentina Giacinti. Giacinti was instrumental in the Azzurre securing qualification for the tournament, as she scored the opening goal of the match. The goal also came off of an assist by Bergamaschi. Giacinti also had a brace in the 12-goal rout and was voted the player of the match afterward.
— Nazionale Femminile di Calcio (@AzzurreFIGC) February 25, 2021
Giacinti played a full 90 minutes for that match, while Bergamaschi played for 59 minutes. There are preliminary reports that Giacinti may have picked up a knock while playing against Israel on Wednesday. However, we won’t know what state she’s in until this Saturday.
Yui Hasegawa might make her official debut for Milan during this match. While the player did technically make her debut for the team against Sassuolo, it came during a Coppa Italia match. The game was also, unfortunately, not broadcast anywhere, for whatever reason. Yui will most likely make her league debut this Saturday, and the match will most likely be streamed by the team themselves.
The Rossonere will most likely field a 3-5-2 for this game. Bari have been known to field a 3-5-2 on occasion but they mainly play in a 4-4-2 formation. They have also been known to line-up in a 5-3-2 as well, so don’t be surprised if they choose to field that formation to counter Milan’s 3-5-2.
Milan have never lost to Bari since the Friulians have been promoted to Serie A Femminile. To date, the Rossonere have also scored nine goals against them, while Bari have scored four goals against Milan.
Given the fact that Milan have the momentum of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, as well as four of their players qualifying for the Euros on their side, they will go into this game as the more confident team. Add to this the fact that Milan have never lost to Bari, and they will most likely emerge the winners of this crucial tie.