Two back to back losses will have Milan’s confidence shaken as they travel to take on Udinese at the Dacia Arena on Sunday. Will the Rossoneri be able to get back on track against the Zebrette?
What a difference a week can make. Less than a fortnight ago, Milan recorded two good results against Torino to keep their Coppa Italia campaign afloat and stay in the top five. That was then followed up by losses to Napoli and, most recently, Juventus. The defeat to the Partenopei sees them slip into seventh at the start to this round, and in losing by the same 2-1 score-line to the Bianconeri, their Coppa Italia campaign is now over.
A major concern for Vincenzo Montella’s side is their tendency to concede first. That happened against Torino (twice), as well as against Napoli and Juventus. In two of those four instances, the Diavolo were able to claw their way back into the match. However, against the Partenopei, they shipped two goals and found that their solitary goal was nothing more than a consolation. And it was lather, rinse, and repeat against Juventus, where they again conceded twice and tried to come back into the game, but it was too little, too late.
That is an issue that Milan need to solve – and quickly – if they want to get things back in order. They have won just one out of their last five Serie A fixtures, but their upcoming hosts have not been in good form themselves.
Udinese have lost their past three league games, which is a shame as Luigi Delneri’s side seemed to be getting back up and running. The Zebrette have lost their past three matches and worryingly, have netted just one goal. They come into this game having also lost two in a row at home by one goal margins. The first was to Inter, which they went ahead but lost 2-1 and the second to Roma. Having lost to Empoli last weekend, it goes without saying they want to right the wobbly ship in front of their home fans.