A year after the 1-1 draw at San Siro, in which Jack Bonaventura and Hirving Lozano scored, Milan and Napoli will take on each other again. It has ‘only’ been twelve months, but it seems like a lifetime ago for both clubs.
The Rossoneri, back then, were in a big crisis result-wise and Napoli were also experiencing a very tough moment on and off the pitch. In fact, Carlo Ancelotti was sacked shortly after the game by the Partenopei.
Now, however, Milan and Napoli are in first and third place respectively and the tables have completely turned. Ante Rebic, as highlighted by MilanNews.it, played his first game from start in the 1-1 draw, deployed on the right flank.
The Croatian started well but was forced to leave the pitch with an injury. Milan fans had to wait until 2020 to see him again, although it was worth the wait. On Sunday evening, at San Paolo, Rebic could be back from start.
His last game from start dates back to September 27, when he dislocated his shoulder against Crotone. Rebic has already returned to the field, in Udine, in Europe and against Verona, but he’s still awaiting the return from the first minute.
In order to continue to grind results and overcome high-level opponents, the presence of the former Eintracht Frankfurt man is essential. Rafael Leao has performed well so far, especially in terms of assists, but it’s clear he still needs to improve.
Hoping to overcome the San Paolo taboo (Milan haven’t won in Naples for over ten years), it will be necessary to turn every opportunity into gold, a job that Rebic did very well in the second half of last season.