Milan squandered their easiest chance of securing Champions League for next season last night, getting just one point from the game against Cagliari. Yet another poor result at San Siro, in other words, that could cost them dearly.
We took a look at the standings last night, which you can read here, but essentially the draw last night means a win is needed against Atalanta. That is assuming Napoli and Juventus will win their games (Hellas Verona and Bologna).
Either way, the Rossoneri will have to take the pitch with the intention of winning, even though they could mathematically make the top four without a win. For sure, this situation is very frustrating as UCL could have been secured with three points yesterday.
It was another showing of Milan’s poor home form, having collected just 30 points at the San Siro this season. That is the same amount they got in the 2014/15 season, when they finished in 10th place in the standings.
Clearly, something must change and the return of the fans could be the deciding factor, but that won’t make up for past results. On Sunday, therefore, the Rossoneri will have yet another chance to compensate for their home form with a strong away performance.
Atalanta have struggled a bit at home, one spot ahead of Milan in this sense with 39 points. Then again, taking on the Bergamo side is never easy and that means the Rossoneri will need the support of their fans come this weekend.
Sure, we are all allowed to feel very disappointed and it’s only right to criticise the players for the draw, as well as Stefano Pioli. But now is not the time to completely give up on the team, we are in far too deep for that.
With just one game to go, it’s almost silly to throw in the towel and stop watching the team, especially when the latter still have everything in their hands. Just like ahead of the Juventus game, the players need a mental boost from their fans.
The chances of qualifying for the Champions League may have been heavily damaged by the Cagliari draw, but it’s far from over and the game against Atalanta will show what these players are capable of. That is, of course, for good or bad.