Milan, to meet Chelsea without several key players

Milan, to meet Chelsea without several key players

AC Milan and Chelsea meets in a crucial match, which determined their future in the Champions League. In a crucial match between these two teams, Milan is very unlucky as they will be without their key players in their fixtures. Chelsea heads to Milan’s home turf with hopes that they could add wins over Milan. During the six times these two teams met, it was the visitors who who have a slight edge against the home team. They won two of the six matches they played, compared to the one victory by Milan, the others are draw.

For the last five European matches of these two clubs, Milan remains winless, but they never lost consecutive games against Chelsea. Moreover, the Milan squad already lost four of their last five home games in the Champions League. In fact, their last victory at home is last 2012, against Arsenal, so it might be challenging for them to win in this match. As for the Chelsea squad, they recorded their third-best performance in the Champions League against Milan. They only allowed four shots against AC Milan in that fixture. However, they won their last away from home game last 2003, so it is obvious that this squad does not have a good away matches.

AC Milan

Champions League: AC Milan
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This squad is currently in the fourth place in the Serie A standings, and so far, they have been nothing but impressive. They came from a win against Juventus, in a 2-0 victory, that is why they are pretty confident going into this game. Although they won their match against Juventus, the truth is that they were struggling to get going across all leagues. Actually, this squad’s record in the Champions League does not look optimistic at all. The last time they pass through the knockout round was last 2013-12 season. However, before, they already won in this tournament for seven times already. In the history of Champions League, this squad listed as the second most successful team next to Real Madrid.

Coming into this match, the list of their injured players are substantial, as they lost some of their most important players. Mike Maignan, Alessandro Florenzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Junior Messias, Simon Kjaer, Davide Calabria, and Alexis Saelemaekers are all on the sidelines. Fortunately, Theo Hernandez returns after he got injured against Juventus.


Champions League: Chelsea
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This squad is currently at the fourth place as well, but for them, it is in the Premier League. In Premier League, they managed to improve their slow start, and have impressed many. In their previous fixture, they also won against Wolverhampton in a 3-0 victory. From where they are right now, this squad will more likely go pass the knockout stage. In 2020-21 season, it was Chelsea who took home the Champions League title. However, as early as the quarterfinals last season, they were eliminated.

N’Golo Kante remains on the sideline because of his hamstring problem, while Wesley Fofana is also out due to knee injury. Hakim Ziyech on the other hand will likely be out as well as he encountered fitness issue.


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