AC Milan will welcome Newcastle United to the San Siro Stadium in their UEFA Champions League 2023-24 group-stage opener on Tuesday. Newcastle are back in the group stage of the competition after 21 years. Milan became the champions the last time Newcastle played in the Champions League in the 2002-03 season.
AC Milan were eliminated from the semi-finals by arch-rivals Inter Milan last season. Their struggles against Inter continued as they suffered a 5-1 defeat at the San Siro in Serie A last week. Meanwhile, the Magpies returned to winning ways after three consecutive losses in the Premier League. In their last appearance in Europe, they made it to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League in the 2012-13 edition.
The two teams will meet for the first time. The hosts have just 13 wins in their 47 meetings against English teams in European competitions. They have suffered 20 defeats and 14 games have ended in draws. AC Milan have met a Premier League team in their last three European appearances. They have just one win in eight games. The visitors have a decent record in their nine European meetings against Italian teams with three wins, defeats, and draws apiece. Milan have won three of their last four home games in the Champions League while also keeping clean sheets in these wins. Newcastle have suffered defeats in their two away games this season.
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