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Inter vs AC Milan: Key Battles and Predictions

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One Milan side wont advance any further

AC Milan v Atalanta BC - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

AC Milan take on Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia quarter finals. The Derby Della Madonnina makes its way into the cup. Who are the most likely players to make the difference? Let’s take a look below.

Key Battles

Striker vs Goal Keeper

Romelu Lukaku vs Ciprian Tatarusanu

With the suspension of Milan's number 1, it will fall to Tatarusanu to keep the Milan goal guarded. Corners, crosses, and any ball in the air will surely find their way to Lukaku, and this will be an extremely important factor if Milan are to bounce back after the latest league defeat. Tatarusanu needs to be confident and choose when to come, and when to stay.

Center Midfield vs Center Midfield

Marcelo Brozovic vs Frank Kessie

Kessie and Brozovic will both aim to break play and be essential to controlling the midfield, with each likely to be getting in each others way during any counter-attacks.

Left Forward vs Right Wing Back

Rafael Leao vs Ivan Perisic

Inter are likely to rotate and Perisic start in their preferred 3–5–2 formation. This should open up space for Leao, with Perisic more likely to go forward and neglect his defensive duties.

Predictions

Lukaku Winner

Kessie Winner

Leao Winner