EUROPA LEAGUE

Vincenzo Montella believes Milan have ‘the X factor’ and “what it takes to go up a level” ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Austria Vienna.
Papu Gomez sees Inter as only the beginning for “an important run of fixtures that will have a big say” in Atalanta’s season.
Josip Ilicic admits he’s never worked so hard as with Atalanta, but it’s paying off, even if he feels bad for fellow Slovenian Jasmin Kurtic.
Former Juventus full-back Patrice Evra has been suspended from all European club matches until June 30, 2018 and sacked after kicking an Olympique Marseille fan.
Vincenzo Montella is “a warrior” who finds the speculation over his Milan future amusing ahead of the trip to Sassuolo. “We’re on the right path.”
Riccardo Montolivo claims Milan “lack the character and conviction needed to win ugly” after their 0-0 draw with AEK Athens.
Simone Inzaghi said Lazio are “not a fluke” after being the only Europa League side with a 100 per cent record and sitting joint third in Serie A.
Silvio Berlusconi said he was “forced to sell Milan, I found this Chinese gentleman who promised to spend €250m, but watching them hurts me.”
Stefan de Vrij said Lazio “always believe” they can win after beating Nice in stoppages and hinted at a contract extension.
Marco Parolo praised Lazio’s “character” after a stoppage-time win over Nice and assured they “want to go as far as possible” in the Europa League.
Lazio booked their place in the Europa League Round of 32 after Marco Parolo’s stoppage-time header went in off Nice defender Maxime Le Marchand.
Atalanta wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola was frustrated at conceding a last-gasp equaliser to Apollon Limassol. “We were right there!”
Leonardo Bonucci supported Milan Coach Vincenzo Montella, but feels the Rossoneri lack “character and confidence.”
Gian Piero Gasperini hopes Atalanta “will learn” from the last-gasp Apollon Limassol equaliser, but maintains they’ve practically qualified.
Fabio Borini insists Milan “are not disappointed” by their 0-0 draw at AEK Athens. “A point is still a point and we are putting in some good performances.”
Vincenzo Montella joked he has been “watching my funeral for a while,” but defended Milan’s 0-0 draw with AEK Athens.
Join us for all the build-up and action from the Europa League games AEK Athens-Milan, Apollon Limassol-Atalanta and Lazio-Nice.
Atalanta were held by a last-gasp Apollon Limassol equaliser, so are just one point off qualifying for the Europa League Round of 32.
Riccardo Montolivo hit the post, but it was the only real highlight as Milan played out another dismal 0-0 draw with AEK Athens.
There are approximately nine injured Milan supporters, three in hospital, after a reported ambush by AEK fans in Athens.
Lazio have a perfect record in the Europa League so far and a victory over Nice tonight would ensure they top the group, but Mario Balotelli is benched.
Milan director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli insists the team “is slowly proving it has an identity and we have faith.”
Riccardo Montolivo admits “enthusiasm from the outside caused extra problems, but Milan didn’t expect to be this far off” fourth place.
Atalanta could mathematically seal their spot in the Europa League Round of 32 as they visit Apollon Limassol without Papu Gomez.
Milan would qualify for the next round of the Europa League with a victory away to AEK Athens, so look to Andre Silva and Leonardo Bonucci.
The coming international break could see Milan sack Vincenzo Montella, if he doesn’t pick up positive results in the next two games.
As expected, Ciro Immobile has been left out of the Lazio squad for tonight’s match with Nice.
Filippo Inzaghi says his “dream” is for both Milan and Lazio to reach the Europa League final.
Nice Coach Lucien Favre is impressed by Lazio ahead of their Europa League clash, but insists Mario Balotelli’s performances are “clear for all to see.”
Andrea Masiello wants to make the Atalanta fans proud and show the “right mentality” in the Europa League with Apollon Limassol.