The Irish squad will take Milan in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, with the Tallaght Stadium clash’s winner moving on the third round.
Shamrock Rovers could cause problems for AC Milan
Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley believes his underdog side could “cause problems” for AC Milan in Thursday’s Europa League match. The Irish squad will take Milan in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. With the Tallaght Stadium clash’s winner moving on the third round. Bradley admitted that his team would be “up against it” when they faced the Italian giants. But supported his team to give Milan some problems of their own. “We know this will be a difficult game. Obviously, but we will go with a game strategy to try and win the game like we always have,” Bradley told the club’s official website. We know there will be times in the game when we are up against it, and we have to dig in.
Bradley side will have to take a different attitude
“It’s only okay when playing against a team of this quality. But I honestly think we have enough class to cause any team problems and create opportunities. I think Thursday won’t be different”. Shamrock usually dominates possessions against domestic rivals, but that will likely change when they take on AC Milan. Bradley understands that his squad will have to take a different attitude than in the League of Ireland Premier Division, but has supported them to adjust to the step-up in competition. “You have to understand the quality of the player you are playing against, he will be high, and there will be periods in the game when you won’t have the ball,” Bradley said. “You have to be comfortable with it and ready for it and be prepared to work and put in a shift.
“But there will be patches in the game where we get possession and chances, and we have to be ready to take them.” Milan was recently developed by the signing of Sandro Tonali from Brescia, who refused to move to Inter, Barcelona, and Manchester United. Tonali that when his childhood club expressed their interest in his services, he “closed all other doors.”