AC Milan will be under immense pressure to turn their fortunes around after their recent struggles
The second leg of the Milan Derby in the UEFA Champions League promises to be an intense encounter.
AC Milan‘s players were publicly criticized by their own fans following their shock defeat to Spezia in Serie A. This could have an impact on their morale and confidence going into the game against Inter Milan. However, the Rossoneri will be keen to bounce back and salvage some pride in what has been a disappointing season for them.
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Inter Milan, on the other hand, will be high on confidence after their 4-2 win over Sassuolo. The Nerazzurri have already taken a significant step towards reaching the Champions League final with their 2-0 victory in the first leg, but they will not take their foot off the pedal as they look to secure their place in the final.
Tuesday, 16 May 2023 at 7:00 pm GMT
Wednesday, 17 May 2023 at 12:30 am IST
Location: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (also known as San Siro)
Inter Milan (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-W
AC Milan (in all competitions): L-L-W-D-D
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Players to Watch
Hakan Calhanoglu (Inter Milan)
The former AC Milan midfielder had a solid performance in the first leg, and he will be looking to carry that form into the second leg. He was instrumental in Inter’s opening goal, delivering a delightful corner that was converted by Edin Džeko. Calhanoglu also came close to scoring a goal himself, hitting the post with a magnificent shot. Against his former team, he will be eager to put on a show and prove his worth to the Inter fans. His creativity, passing range, and set-piece ability will be crucial for Inter as they look to book their place in the Champions League final after 13 years.
Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
Despite conceding two goals in the first leg, Maignan put on a commendable display in goal for Milan. He was given little chance to save either of the goals but made some crucial saves later in the game to keep Milan in the tie. Maignan also had luck on his side as Inter hit the post on a couple of occasions. The Frenchman will be eager to keep a clean sheet and help Milan stage a comeback in the second leg. His shot-stopping ability and commanding presence in the box will be crucial for Milan as they look to overturn the two-goal deficit.
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