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AC Milan vs Inter predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League semi-final

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AC Milan vs Inter predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League semi-final
AC Milan vs Inter predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League semi-final

The first of two special derbies in the space of six days pits together city rivals. AC Milan and Inter Milan on Wednesday evening, at their shared home of San Siro.

With a place in the Champions League final at stake. The Calcio giants will battle it out for a first-leg advantage. Ahead of next week’s decider at the same iconic venue.

Showcasing this year’s Italian renaissance in Europe. A Milan derby double now decides one of the teams to progress from the Champions League semi-finals.

AC Milan vs Inter predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League semi-final

The winner then takes their place in the showpiece finale early next month. Holders Real Madrid or English champions Manchester City will await in Istanbul.

Two of five Serie A sides still standing in continental competition. Milan and Inter play out a fourth Derby della Madonnina of the season this week. With both teams recording one league victory apiece – the Rossoneri were 3-2 winners back in September. While the Nerazzurri edged February’s contest 1-0, and they also came out on top in the Supercoppa Italiana.

AC Milan vs Inter predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League semi-final

Milan, who deposed Inter as Italian champions last year but have since been topple from their throne by their Champions League quarter-final victims Napoli. Were runners-up in Group E during the autumn; improving. A group-stage exit in 2021. Which came after a seven-year absence from the competition.

The seven-times European champions then eliminated Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16 before frustrating a faltering Napoli side last month; winning 2-1 on aggregate against their Scudetto successors.

Milan’s most recent Champions League triumph came back in 2007. When they earned a slice of revenge against Liverpool following the clubs’ epic clash in Istanbul two years earlier. Route to their previous victory in 2003. They overcame their city rivals at the last-eight stage.

Given a subsequent rule change, that will not be an issue this time around, as Pioli’s men aim to shake off some stuttering Serie A form and sweep past their old foes once again.

While Milan have continued dropping points domestically and now trail Inter by two in the league standings, Simone Inzaghi’s side are finally running into top form and will kick off Wednesday’s first leg on the back of a five-match winning run.

 

Since a pulsating 3-3 draw with Benfica that sealed passage into the Champions League semi-finals, they have brushed aside Empoli, Lazio, Verona and Roma by scoring 14 times and conceding just once, in addition to Derby d’Italia victory over Juventus in the Coppa Italia.

That surge does not entirely mask the Nerazzurri’s struggle for consistency in Serie A this season. Beaten by several Calcio minnows, they have lost 11 times already and are still to secure a top-four finish – and with it a return to Europe’s premier club competition.

As well as defeating the Portuguese champions in that tie and then knocking out Benfica in the quarter-finals, in 2023 they have overcome Napoli, Milan (twice, including January’s Supercoppa triumph) and now both Rome clubs following a 2-0 win against Roma last weekend.