The Rossoneri will need to play out of their skins to overturn a two-goal deficit during Inter Milan vs AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday.
- Location: Milan, Italy
- Stadium: San Siro
- Date: Tuesday 16 May
- Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
- Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
- VAR: Jerome Brisard (FRA)
Inter Milan vs AC Milan: Match Preview
AC Milan will have it all to do when they face Inter Milan in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash at the Giuseppe Meazza on Tuesday night.
Stefano Pioli’s men have completely fallen off a cliff and were lucky to just get away with a two-goal loss in the first leg. Inter were comfortably the better side that night and should have put the game to bed given the number of goalscoring opportunities they had.
The Serie A giants have a storied history in the competition and have won the trophy a combined ten times. The most recent of them came in 2010 when Jose Mourinho led the Nerazzurri to glory. Simone Inzaghi is today the better placed of either Milan bosses to repeat the trick.
Milan have lacked bite of late and have failed to show much inspiration in the attack following the injury to Rafael Leao. With their bid for a top-four finish in Serie A weltering, going all the way in the Champions League is their best bet to continue their participation in the competition.
Inter, however, appear to have hit form at just the right time. While the defence could show more fight, the attack is now finally clicking, offering Inzaghi several options to deploy as and when needed. Inter were able to rest several of their top players at the weekend and should be fresher on the night.
Reeling with injuries and a loss of form, Milan face an uphill task against overwhelming odds. Whoever scores first on the night will more or less set the tone for the pace of the game. Emotions will run high on and off the field on the night. No quarter is likely to be given in what should prove to be a proper fight between two arch-rivals.
With all to play for, Milan are expected to throw the kitchen sink at Inter and the game should start off at a fast pace. This should work in Inter’s favour as the Nerazzurri can then hit their rivals on the counter, putting the tie to bed.
Inter remain without departing centre-back Milan Skriniar, whose back injury likely means he has played his final game for the Nerazzurri before his summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The big question is whether Edin Dzeko, who scored in the first leg, will retain his place in attack over Romelu Lukaku, who netted twice at the weekend in the 4-2 win over Sassuolo.
Midfielder Ismael Bennacer has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury last time out.
Rade Krunic and Junior Messias are also expected to miss out but there is cautious optimism about star forward Rafael Leao, who was back in full training on Sunday and is on track to return for this one.
Inter Milan vs AC Milan: Head to Head
Inter Milan have a good historical record in the Derby della Madonnina and have won 88 out of the 236 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to AC Milan’s 79 victories.
Inter Milan have defeated AC Milan on three occasions in all competitions this season and last achieved four victories in a single campaign against the Rossoneri in the 1973-74 campaign.
AC Milan have lost their last three matches against Inter Milan in all competitions and have failed to score in these games despite attempting a total of 31 shots.
Inter Milan are looking to reach a final of the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time in their history and for the first time since they achieved the feat under Jose Mourinho in 2010.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Theo; Tonali, Pobega; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao; Giroud.
Inter Milan (4-2-3-1): Onana; Bastoni, Acerbi, Darmian; Dumfries, Calhanoglu, Barella, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Lautaro, Dzeko.
IM vs ACM: Fantasy XI
Maignan; Tomori, Bastoni, Acerbi, Theo; Tonali, Barella, Mkhitaryan, Leao; Giroud, Dzeko.