After their disastrous performance in the “Milan Derby”, AC Milan are in danger as they kick off their journey in the Champions League. Will they be able to escape the Newcastle obstacle?
Newcastle are back in the Champions League after 20 years and 184 days. They last participated in the competition in the 2002-2003 season when Milan won the trophy.
However, Milan are not the same team anymore, especially after their humiliating loss against their rivals Inter Milan with a 5-1 result last weekend at the “San Siro” Stadium.
Milan can bounce back at their stadium against a team they face for the first time in a European competition, despite the fact that the Italian team has won only once out of 11 games against English teams. This win was against Tottenham Hotspurs last season, after drawing twice and losing eight times against English teams.
The “Lombardy” team do indeed count on the fact that they are playing in their stadium, which was where they achieved 4 out of their five wins last season. Milan can also be optimistic as Newcastle’s record against Italian teams is three wins out of 9 matches.
The match will be evidence of the transformation taking place in world football as the Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali, who moved from Milan to Newcastle, returns to his former team stadium. The “Lombard” club was unable to resist the offer coming from the Premier League, even after having reached the semi-finals of the continental competition last season.
The international midfielder is expected to return to coach Eddie Howe’s starting lineup against his former team after missing the game his team won over Brentford; he was benched due to a minor injury he suffered while participating with his country’s national team in the 2024 European Cup qualifiers.
The two teams are aware of the need for a good start in Group Six, especially since it includes Paris Saint-Germain from France and Borussia Dortmund from Germany, making it the most challenging group this season.
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