Palermo face a very difficult test at home against Serie A powerhouse Milan. The Rosanero are fresh off a horrific display against Siena, thanks to one of the worst refereeing performances put on since Moreno circa World Cup 2002. Palermo have the comfort of playing at the Renzo Barbera, but have to do so without defensive stalwarts in Silvestre and Balzaretti.
Mutti had plenty of decisions to make but what seemed like a more serious injury crisis earlier in the week has turned out to be just above “critical”. Migliaccio and Pisano were doubts due to knocks but both have managed to recover enough to be thrust into the fray against the likes of Ibrahimovic and Robinho. Pisano will be taking up Balzaretti’s normal position at left back while Munoz will slot in the vacancy left behind by Eros. The absolute key to this match will be whether the Rosanero can minimize mistakes in the back. Munoz has seen very little time on the pitch and when he has been on, he’s often been a complete disaster.
Milan also come in with several injuries to deal with. However, the strength of their bench minimizes any talk of a “crisis” in terms of players. The most important pieces will all be there: Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Abate, etc. The ex, Antonio Nocerino, will be one to watch as he’s easily been the steal of the season in terms of transfers. The rest of Italy is finally aware of how good the midfielder truly is.
Munoz – Migliaccio – Mantovani – Pisano
Barreto – Donati – Bertolo
Budan – Miccoli
Bench: Tzorvas; Milanovic, Aguirregaray; Della Rocca, Zahavi, Vazquez; Mehmeti
If Palermo want anything out of this match, they need a cohesive and coherent unit in the back. Mutti desperately needs Ilicic to pick up his game and snap out of his funk. If the Slovenian can capture a bit of good play, it’ll take a lot of pressure off of Miccoli and Budan to create. Milan is never easy and the task is even more difficult considering the key pieces missing for the club. Nonetheless, the Barbera is a magical place for the Rosanero, and let’s hope it proves to be once more.
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOO!!!!!!!