AC Milan and Inter Milan gear up for Milan derby in the UCL 2023 semi final

San Siro will host 2 Milan derbies for the UCL semi final this season

(Football News) It has been a while since both the Milan clubs have played a Champions League semi-final. Now they will be playing against each other for a place in the final in Istanbul. Both legs are at the San Siro and now that there is no away goals rule it is pretty much like 2 games at a neutral venue.

These two sides have met each other in the Champions League two knockout ties before. The first one was in the 2003 semi-finals where AC Milan bizarrely won on away goals even though both games were in the same stadium. They then met in the 2005 quarter-finals where Milan won the first leg 2-0 and the 2nd leg was called off due to Inter fans throwing flares on the pitch after which Milan were awarded a 3-0 win.

Inter will be without Milan Skriniar and Robin Gosens who are injured. However Danilo D’Ambrosio is set to return having recovered from his injury. Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were benched for the game against AS Roma. Martinez and Mkhitaryan will definitely return but it will be a tough choice between Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku. AC Milan on the other hand are missing Tommaso Pobega and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Rafael Leao came off injured against Cremonese which makes his availability uncertain. 

If Leao doesn’t make it in time then it will be a massive blow to Rosseneri’s chances as he is the key player for them. The two clubs have such an intense rivalry and this semi final is another chapter of it. The San Siro has been the home of both teams for a century but the teams will move to a new stadium very soon. So this will most likely be the last time that the stadium hosts a UCL Milan derby. Even though both legs are at the same stadium, AC Milan is the official home team so the expectation is that they will be attacking more. 

Also read: Real Madrid and Manchester City draw 1-1 in entertaining 1st leg


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