Thursday night’s game against Shamrock Rovers will mark the first game in Europa for Stefano Pioli as head coach of AC Milan.
The Rossoneri will make the trip to Tallaght Stadium in the Irish capital looking to reach the third qualifying round of the Europa League, but they know it will not be a straightforward encounter despite the gulf in quality on paper.
Shamrock have won nine out of their 11 games and sit top of the League of Ireland by eight points, meaning they not only have superior match fitness but they are on a roll in terms of form too.
Add to that the fact that head coach Stefano Pioli will not be able to call upon Ante Rebic (suspended), Rafael Leao, Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio and Andrea Conti (injured) and it could be a difficult evening in Dublin.
It will be the 23rd European match for Stefano Pioli as a manager. The Emilian coach was in charge of Parma for six UEFA Cup games, 10 with Lazio plus two Champions League qualifiers, two with Palermo and two with Inter.
His record is 12 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses.