AC Milan are prepared to take on Lazio in their toughest test of the young Serie A season on Wednesday night at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Rossoneri are looking to get back on track. After a masterful 4-0 triumph over Lecce in the first match, Massimilano Allegri's side has suffered two horrible results: a 2-0 loss to promoted side Cesena and a 1-1 home draw with Catania.
The Catania match especially is a match Milan should have won. I still question Allegri's decision to start 37-year-old Pippo Inzaghi over Robinho, who has still not started for Milan. Inzaghi is not a 90 minute player anymore. He is a last 20 minutes sub, the guy who can get the quick strike off the bench. With Alexandre Pato out for three weeks, Robinho is much more reliable as a starter. More on this later.
Inzaghi missed a crucial chance early in the match. The ball was played perfectly to his foot three yards from the net. The ball hits his shin, without any poor bounces or misfortune, just lack of concentration. He scored on the stroke of halftime, but that still did not provide a win.
Milan were put to the sword in the 27th minute by a strike from Ciro Capuano outside the box that Christian Abbiati failed to handle.
Milan will need to play much better than they have of late when they take on Lazio. The Roman side are sitting on six points after successive victories over Bologna and Fiorentina. They have firepower from all angles. Christian Ledesman, Stefano Mauri, Hernanes, Tomasso Rocchi, and Libor Kozak all have scored a goal a piece in the two victories. Milan will have to play top notch and finally get their superstar filled attack firing on all cylinders.
With Massimo Ambrosini and Pato once again absent from Milan's squad, as they will be for three weeks, Allegri will have to look to different players in an effort to get three points on Wednesday.
The midfielder is where the most change should be seen, and in my opinion, should be a change that should be working with throughout the season.
The following is a breakdown of the 21 players called up for the trip to the capital, a look at what the lineup should be, and a look at who we could see off the bench in this very important clash.