EUROPA LEAGUE

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.
Vincenzo Montella is “very optimistic” about keeping his Milan job ahead of the AEK Athens game. “I know the club is supporting me, but also needs results.”
Riccardo Montolivo will “try to prove the Coach is wrong” about dropping him, but warned “Milan history doesn’t step on to the field” against AEK Athens.
Gian Piero Gasperini wants Atalanta to “secure qualification” for the next round of the Europa League in tomorrow’s trip to Apollon Limassol.
Senad Lulic says Lazio “want to get to the end” in the Europa League, but “we’re not talking about the Scudetto”.
Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi “almost certainly” won’t call Ciro Immobile to face Nice, but he should be fit for the weekend.
Suso is in the Milan squad to face AEK Athens, despite missing training for two days with a muscular problem.
Papu Gomez will reportedly miss Atalanta’s decisive Europa League game against Apollon Limassol on Thursday with a foot injury.
Suso has reportedly not trained for two days due to a muscular problem, but could still start for Milan against AEK Athens on Thursday.
Marco Fassone insists Milan “are heading in the right direction” but admits “it’s taken a bit longer than we expected.”
Andrea Petagna maintains Atalanta “are playing better this season” and aren’t holding back their ambitions in Serie A or Europe.
Vincenzo Montella quoted Winston Churchill, prepared for Genoa and insisted “the only problems at Milan are results, not the performances.”
Vincenzo Montella reportedly met Milan directors Massimiliano Mirabelli and Marco Fassone a third time on Thursday.
AEK Athens winger Lazaros Christodoulopoulos admits he “expected Milan to be better than this. We could’ve won with a little more focus.”
Gian Piero Gasperini complained that Atalanta “must learn to kill off games” after running a few Europa League risks with Apollon Limassol.