AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli says a win over top-four rivals Lazio on Monday would be worth double in the race for Champions League qualification in Serie A.

The Rossoneri is second ahead of its trip to Rome, eight points ahead of the sixth-placed capital club who has a game in hand.

But with three points separating Milan from fifth-placed Napoli and away games against Juventus and Atalanta still to come, a top-four finish is far from guaranteed.

“The head-to-head matches from here until the end are worth double,” Pioli told a news conference on Sunday.

“Lazio is behind us on points, it will be an important match for the future for both of us.

“If you face fear, it runs away. But if you run away, fear will run after you.

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