AC Milan director Paolo Maldini declared Sunday night’s game against Lazio as ‘important but not decisive’.
The Rossoneri welcome the Aquile to San Siro looking to build on Thursday night’s narrow win over SPAL which came courtesy of a 62nd minute free-kick from substitute Suso.
There is pressure upon the Diavolo to start picking up points more consistently, especially against teams around them, with the damaging 2-1 defeat to Roma last weekend still fresh in the memory.
Lazio have started the season well under Simone Inzaghi and are aiming to reclaim fifth spot with victory at the Meazza, however the stats are against them as they have not beaten Milan away in Serie A since 1989, when Maldini ironically scored an own-goal in a 1-0 scoreline.
“We hope that it remains their last victory for a while longer,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia).
“It is an important game, because we are in a delicate position in the table and the only way to improve that is to get positive results. This game is important, but not decisive.
“The teams ahead of us are moving forward, albeit fairly inconsistently, but they are still getting away. We cannot lose touch with Napoli, Roma and Atalanta.
“Thursday’s victory against SPAL did us good and when we see our position in the standings change so quickly, it changes your evaluation of matches too.
“Here’s hoping Ciro Immobile won’t get his 100th goal for Lazio today and waits until next week.” Spoiler alert: he did.
“The main strength of Immobile is that he can sprint to the last minute, he does it constantly, so there is no rest for the defenders, they have to watch him non-stop.”
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