The fixture slots Serie A will have in 2021/22 and how it will affect Milan

By Isak Möller -

Milan are currently gearing up for the new season and after finishing in second place this past term, the goal is to at least equal that. Of course, in reality, the importance lies in retaining their spot in the Champions League. 

Given that the Rossoneri will now compete in three competitions, finally back where they belong, you might have to work a bit harder to find streams. There are tools to help, such as this one, with live football streams for today listed.

Putting that aspect of it aside, there are some benefits to being in the Champions League which you might not always think about. As the games are scheduled for either Tuesday or Wednesday, it will inevitably affect the schedule of Serie A and the Rossoneri.

For example, it won’t be possible for Milan to play a game on Sunday and then feature in the UCL on Tuesday. In other words, their schedule in the league will be adapted to allow for the Champions League games to be played whenever is decided.

Serie A decided to change the structure of their fixtures before the draw this summer, which you can see the outcome of here. Instead of using the same order in the second half of the season (simply switching venues), the schedule is now asymmetric, and there are some more updates.

As a general rule, announced by the league earlier this summer, there are ten time slots for the fixtures and they are the following: Saturday (15:00), Saturday (18:00), Saturday (20:45), Sunday (12:30), Sunday (15:00, three games), Sunday (18:00), Sunday (20:45) and Monday (20:45).

Milan will start their season with a Monday fixture (against Sampdoria) but whenever they will be involved in the Champions League, they will play on a Saturday. 15:00 games on that day have generally been rare in the league, but we will see more of that this season.

We all know that proper rest is extremely important for the players and especially in these times, when they really have been pushed due to delayed schedules and so on. It makes sense, therefore, for the league to adapt and favour their clubs schedule-wise.

After all, success in Europe for Italian clubs is also a success for the league, given that it could increase the visibility and improve the general perception of it. Hopefully, Milan will hold up their end of the bargain and impress, now finally back in the UCL. But we can only wait and see on that one.

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