Chelsea lure AC Milan into a fiery Champions League summit
Chelsea will host AC Milan at 9:00 pm today, Wednesday, at Stamford Bridge, in the third round of Group E of the Champions League for the current season 2022-2023.
Chelsea, the owner of the land and the public, enters today’s match as it occupies the fourth and last place in the table of the fifth group standings, with one point collected from a draw, a loss, a single goal and two goals.
Milan is at the top of Group E standings with 4 points collected from a win, a draw, 4 goals and 2 goals.
The Blues hope to win and return to the picture to compete for the qualification for the next round of the Champions League for the current season, especially after the disappointing performances they made in the first and second rounds of the continental competition.
Chelsea defeated Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 in the first round, before they tied positively with Austrian Red Salzburg in the second round.
While Milan enters the match in search of winning the three points and taking advantage of the shaky image that the Chelsea team has shown in the tournament so far, in addition to ending the Blues’ hopes of qualifying for the fifth group.
Milan received a strong boost a few days before the match after the return of Belgian striker Divock Origi, the former Liverpool player, to training and recovering from the injury he sustained a few weeks after the start of the current season, where coach Stefano Pioli hopes to benefit from the player’s services, especially in British stadiums.
While the absence of Theo Hernandez, who continues the journey of rehabilitation and recovery from the injury that kept him from the team during the past matches in the Italian League and the European Champions.
Milan and Chelsea have collected 5 previous matches in the European Championships, each of which won one, while the tie was settled as a result of 3 matches between them.
Milan scored 5 goals against the London team, while it conceded 5 goals as well.
Chelsea are expected to start the match with the following formation.
Defense Line: James – Fofana – Thiago Silva – Chilwell.
Midfield: Jorginho – Kovacic – Mason Mount.
Forwards: Sterling – Aubameyang – Havartz.
While Milan is expected to start with the following formation:
Goalkeeper: Ciprien Tataroshanu.
Defense Line: Davide Calabria – Simon Kjeer – Fikayo Tomori – Fodi Palo Toure.
Midfield: Ismael Bennacer – Sandro Tonali – Alexis Salemcris – Charles de Kitlari – Rafael Liao.
Forwards: Olivier Giroud.
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