AC Milan is fighting to maintain their status in the top four as they currently sit three points away from fifth place Napoli, so a lot is riding for the Rossoneri as they look to secure three points against Lazio.
Meanwhile, the Biancocelesti are looking to find their way into the top four as they sit five points from fourth place. Ahead of the matchup, Milan manager Stefano Pioli spoke to the media at a press conference to discuss the match against Lazio.
Lazio News would relay the comments made by the Milan manager, as one of the first questions asked was about the matchup.
These 32 games have told us that we have been the only team capable of keeping up with Inter and with our ambitions we are still there. Our run is not luck, but only merit.
Head-to-head clashes are worth double; it is an important match for Lazio. They are a strong team that we have already faced and beaten; we expect a balanced game.
One of the following questions that Pioli answered was over the injuries he is dealing with in his squad.
Ibrahimovic will not be there tomorrow, he should be back for the next match. Mandzukic and Leão are playing for a starting spot. Romagnoli is better; training with the team is making him regain his condition. If he plays? Let’s see, yesterday Tomori had a little problem.
Pioli then transitioned to a question concerning the importance of AC Milan qualifying for the UEFA Champions League considering the Italian side’s financial boost should they qualify for the tournament.
We can’t think like that, we don’t have to think in this direction. We have shown we are strong, but we have to do it until the end. I have always maintained that seven teams would have been fighting for the Champions League, the four that will get there will be satisfied, the others will be disappointed.