AC Milan vs Inter | Match Info, Preview & Lineup
AC Milan vs Inter
|Date||02 March 2022|
|Time||1:30 AM IST 🇮🇳|
|League||Copa Italia | Semi|
🇮🇹 Milan XI: Maignan; Florenzi, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo Hernández; Kessié, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Krunic, Leao; Giroud
🇮🇹 Inter XI: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Çalhanoglu, Perisic; Dzeko, Lautaro Martínez
🔴 FT : AC Milan | 0 - 0 | Inter
AC Milan vs Inter Milan Prediction, Separated by just two points in the Serie A standings, AC Milan and city rivals Inter Milan meet at the San Siro on Tuesday, as they take on the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.
In the second Derby della Madonnina of the season, the Rossoneri play as 'hosts' to a stadium-sharing foe and will look to move one step closer to a sixth national cup – a trophy their Nerazzurri counterparts have won on the previous seven occasions.
With thoughts of the Scudetto hunt temporarily on hold, the Milan giants are now turning their minds to chasing Coppa Italia glory, after a prolonged barren spell for Italy's second city in the competition.
While Inter haven't lifted a trophy for more than a decade, and are still dreaming of a first domestic double since the Jose Mourinho era, Milan's drought goes back even further – to 2003, when Andriy Shevchenko and Rivaldo were among the goalscorers in their last win over Roma.
Ahead of the 26th Derby in Coppa Italia history – where the whole book saw the Rossoneri lead by 10 wins to eight following a quarter-final win for the Nerazzurri city half last year – the balance between the clubs was very much balanced.
Second-placed Milan emerged at the top in the teams' last league encounter – a 2-1 comeback win just a few weeks ago, in which Olivier Giroud stole the points with two late goals – and they are still slightly ahead in Serie A booked after last Friday's event. .
Having seen Inter beaten by Sassuolo after they drew at Salernitana the week before, Stefano Pioli's side slipped again in the weekend's opening game – held to a 1-1 draw at home by bottom side Udinese. However, they maintained their narrow points lead, as their rivals were unable to beat another struggling team – 19th-placed Genoa.
Now turning their attention back to the knockout stages – having been knocked out of the Champions League – Milan fans can reflect on the rich history of the Coppa Italia while hosting it at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
The five-time cup winners have lost just two of their last 18 home games in the competition – although, of course, such gains are much smaller against Inter in Derby.
After three consecutive eliminations in the last eight, Inter have now progressed from their last two Coppa Italia quarter-finals following victory over Roma in the previous round.
However, a 2-0 win over current boss Mourinho's side remains the latest, as Simone Inzaghi saw his side draw twice and lose two of their last four outings.
In fact, starting unstoppable in the final against Milan in early February, Inter have won just once in six games – beaten at home to Champions League opponents Liverpool and mid-table Serie A side Sassuolo, all the while picking up a point. home from trips to lowly title rivals Napoli and Genoa.
The Nerazzurri still have a game in hand against their fellow Scudetto hopefuls, and could still go further than last year's long-awaited championship win by clinching two domestic titles despite Milan's best efforts to stop them.
Now at the only stage of the Coppa to be played over two legs, the competition still maintains its away goals rule into next season, so Inzaghi will be keen to take advantage this week by scoring at least one goal in Tuesday's 'away' leg.
Such a margin could decide the fate of this second city clash, which will ultimately choose the team that will face Juventus or Fiorentina in May's final.
Stefano Pioli has a number of selection issues to sort out ahead of the latest Derby against his former club, as this season's Coppa Italia top scorer, Olivier Giroud, continues to lead Milan's forward line in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and may need a rest.
'Ibra' – another former Inter player – is still out of shape after several weeks out with an Achilles problem so will be out again, but forward Rafael Leao may be asked to replace him in midfield; offered Giroud a break.
Due to suspension, mainstay midfielder Sandro Tonali will be absent from the Rossoneri lineup on Tuesday, so Ismael Bennacer will replace him after returning from a one-match Serie A ban. Franck Kessie and Rade Krunic are expected to compete with Brahim Diaz to start in a more advanced position.
Having rested Lautaro Martinez and Milan Skriniar on Friday, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi is likely to bring both back into the team this week, and having welcomed back Matias Vecino from injury last week, could now also call up Robin Gosens in January.
The latter was signed on loan from Atalanta despite being sidelined since September, but is now finally ready to make his debut. The German full-back could even do it from the start; took Ivan Perisic's long-held spot on the left.
Up front, Martinez has endured his worst Serie A drought in more than two years – goalless in his last eight league games following Friday's stalemate at Genoa. Nonetheless, the Argentine striker will battle Alexis Sanchez and Edin Dzeko for a place in the front two, while fellow forward Joaquin Correa is not expected to complete his return from injury until the weekend.
Prediction of AC Milan vs Inter Milan Players
AC Milan : Maignan; Calabria, Romagnoli, Tomori, Hernandez; Krunic, Bennacer; Messias, Kessie, Rebic; Leao
Inter Milan: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Gosens; Martinez, Dzeko
Predicted Score AC Milan vs Inter Milan: 2-1