Journalist Carlo Pellegatti has suggested that AC Milan should use the opportunity to exact some revenge on Hellas Verona on Sunday night.
Milan will take to the field for the final time in the 2023-24 season with nothing to really play for objective-wise given the 1-0 victory against Juventus in Turin on Sunday booked a place in the next edition of the Champions League.
Verona meanwhile are currently inside the bottom three and they need to better the result of Spezia – who are away against Roma – if they are to jump above them and preserve their status in the top flight.
Pellegatti spoke in a column for MilanNews and recalled the ‘Fatal Verona’ precedents, where Milan’s Scudetto bids in 1973 and 1990 suffered very damaging blows. Now, there is a chance to even the score.
“Speaking of the season, Milan are closing the very troubled 2023 well, with the conquest of fourteen points in the last seven games. Finally an average of two points per game, matched at the start of the tournament,” he said.
“The last match sees the Rossoneri face Verona, fifty years after the extremely painful 20 May 1973. I was at the Bentegodi that Sunday, with joy in my heart for the trophy won in Thessaloniki, a few days earlier.
“In Greece, I spent a night full of passion behind that goal, where Chiarugi puts in the ball with the help of a soaked ground behind the Leeds goalkeeper. The same goal that sees the formidable interventions of the unsurpassed Villiam Vecchi, decisive in the conquest of the second Cup Winners’ Cup.
“Verona, serious and determined, froze the hearts of the thousands of Rossoneri fans, who had painted the motorway with their Rossoneri flags where the golden star of the tenth Scudetto stood out.
“I saw many crying fans put those banners on buses and cars at the end of that 3-5. Made even more bitter by the Juventus goal Cuccureddu in the final match at the Olimpico. They would only take them out of their trunks and wave them six years later.
“I’m sure Milan will be able to play their best game on Sunday evening at the San Siro. To close the season well, trying to reach seventy points, perhaps heralding an improvement in the current position in the standings.
“Playing the same serious and determined match as the Veronese back then, he will give a welcome thought fifty years later to the many fans who have experienced one of the saddest and most painful afternoons of their football life, spent together with dear old Milan!”