MILAN – On Tuesday, Milan are aiming to progress to the semi-finals of the TIM Cup when they play Lazio at the San Siro in the quarter-finals of the competition. In the past 5 editions of the TIM Cup, Milan have reached the semi-final stage on two occasions (2010/11 and 2011/12) and the goal is to repeat that on Tuesday night. The only side to have done better than Milan in the past 5 seasons is Roma. Ahead of Tuesday’s match here are some stats and facts to whet the appetite:
Giampaolo Pazzini has an excellent scoring record in the Italian Cup. The Italian has scored a total of 21 goals from 31 appearances in the competition, averaging a goal every 108 minutes. With the Milan jersey meanwhile his record from Italian Cup matches reads 3 goals in 4 appearances.
Lazio are the away side on Tuesday, but the biancocelesti have a formidable record on the road. From the past 9 matches away from the Olimpico, Lazio have collected 4 wins and 4 draws and just one defeat. That loss came at Empoli (2-1 in favour of the Tuscans) on the 9th of November in Serie A.
The capital side though have a less impressive record in defence. In fact, from the past 8 matches away from home (in the TIM Cup) Lazio have conceded at least 1 goal and shipped a total of 13. The last time that Lazio kept a clean sheet away from home in the Italian Cup was on the 16th of April 2008 against Inter at the San Siro.
Tuesday’s TIM Cup match is the third time that Filippo Inzaghi and Stefano Pioli go head to head as coaches. It’s honours even so far with 1 victory a piece. As players on the other hand, the two men came across each other on 26 occasions with an outcome of 10 wins each and 6 draws. Finally, during his playing career Inzaghi scored 7 goals against Lazio.
source: Footbal Data