AC Milan take on FC Porto in a crunch tie in the UEFA Champions League tonight. The Rossoneri play their third game in the group in Portugal but will miss a number of starters for the encounter. Milan will need to control possession as Porto are deadly in attack with their pace but can be vulnerable and prone to mistakes in defence.
Milan 1 - 0 Porto (1992)
Milan 3 - 0 Porto (1993)
Porto 0 - 0 Milan (1993)
Milan 2 - 3 Porto (1996)
Porto 1 - 1 Milan (1996)
Porto: W, W, L, W, W
Milan: W, W, L, W, W
Players to Watch
What a revelation the winger has been this season, his impact in recent games has been immense especially in the last game against Hellas Verona with his crucial assist. Leao’s dribbling has been top notch and his crossing has greatly improved but it’s his finesse shots curling in at the back post that will be the real threat against Porto.
Otavio is the main outlet to shut down tonight as he brings the magic to this side.The attacking midfielder has three assists in the league but is the key to the Porto attack. He keeps their movement fluid and allows them to press forward with pace. The attacker has been one of the consistent performers in the UCL too and will look to break through the Tonali-Bennacer partnership to play in his strikers.
The midfielder has a big responsibility on his shoulders in this game as he needs to set the tempo of the game and support the attack in the absence of Diaz. Bennacer has grown in confidence in recent weeks and put in a good shift last time out, he will have a tough time trying to counter the pace of Porto attackers thus this will be a season defining game for him.