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AC Milan Face Inter Milan In Classic Derby In The UEFA Champions League Semi Finals

A big opportunity for Milan to salvage the season and get some revenge for the loss in the SuperCoppa.

AC Milan v US Lecce - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/AC Milan via Getty Images

AC Milan and Inter Milan take each other on in another historic derby della Madonnina in the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League. The last time this fixture took place at such an advanced stage of the competition was the 2002/03 season and Milan win on to lift the trophy.

Simone Inzaghi has got the better of Stefano Pioli twice in 2023 in the league and the Supercoppa but both these losses came during Milan collapse in February. Milan won the first game in the league in late 2022 but it’s an entirely different ball game in a knockout setting.

The one major selections doubt will surround Rafael Leao who picked up a pull in the previous outing against Lazio and has been in personalised training all week. The Portuguese winger is Milan’s attacking focal point hence this will be a huge blow for the side going forward.

The result is Saelemaekers slotting in in his place and Bennacer advancing up the pitch while Krunic anchors the midfield alongside Tonali.

Expected Line Up (4-2-3-1): Maignan, Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez, Tonali, Krunic, Diaz, Bennacer, Saelemaekers, Giroud.