After a lengthy international break, Serie A is finally ready to resume. Palermo restarts with a very difficult affair right off the bat against last year’s scudetto winners Milan.
Last season, Palermo only lost once to the Rossoneri in a match that was littered with refereeing errors. Fortunately, the Sicilians got their revenge in the following three matches, beating Milan at the Barbera twice while drawing once at the San Siro (Coppa Italia Semifinal). However, the differences between this year and last year are pretty vast for both clubs. Milan is in a media-created “crisis” while Palermo is a brand new squad with a very emphatic head coach that has overachieved so far.
A trip to the San Siro is never easy, no matter the opponent, but Palermo can take comfort in the fact that the pressure is on Milan to get a win to kickstart an albeit short climb up the Serie A table. Mangia has been masterful so far, but it will take even more brilliance on his part to get a result up north.
pisano – silvestre – migliaccio – mantovani
bertolo – barreto – della rocca – iličič
hernandez – miccoli
Bench: benussi; aguirregaray, cetto; acquah, zahavi, alvarez; pinilla
Balzaretti is absent due to the red card he received against Siena, therefore Mantovani gets a shot at left back. The idea is to use the 4-4-2 if Miccoli is healthy. The Palermo captain is a game time decision but if he cannot go, Mangia will opt for a 4-4-1-1 with Iličič playing behind Hernandez and most likely Alvarez taking up a spot in the midfield. Should that happen, Bertolo could head to the bench in favor of Zahavi.
Earning points on the road would send Palermo’s confidence skyrocketing. Historically, the club has always lived up to the challenge that the biggest teams in Serie A represent. With new faces, it’s time for new players to step up and address that challenge. The Rosanero have already claimed the scalp of one big team in Inter, even if it was at home against a team that proved to be in disarray. Yet, it could be said that Palermo were the team that started the domino effect of terrible results for Inter and now they have an opportunity to send their cousins Milan into a horrible spiral downwards. If Palermo shows the same kind of compactness and cohesion that they did against Siena, then points are a probable result.
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOO!!!!