AC Milan get Rafael Leao injury boost ahead of the Derby della Madonnina. They will be optimistic to orchestrate a comeback in the 2nd leg. The Portuguese winger has recovered well and was training with the team. Pioli said that he should start the game, as he has recovered from the thigh injury he got against Lazio. The Rossoneri will need their talisman, as he has scored 13 goals and provided 13 assists in all competitions this season.
After losing the plot in the opening minutes of the 1st leg of the Champions League semi-final, the Rossoneri were struggling to find a reply to Inter. AC Milan were toothless in the offensive phase and lacked a clear outlet for most of their attacks. But Leao could solve most of their problems if he starts in the 2nd leg. They tend to operate more on the left flank as Leao and Hernandez provide attacking impetus on counters. So with the absence of Leao, Inter were confident in pressing and maintaining a high line.
Milan get Rafael Leao injury boost ahead of the semi-final clash
Stefano Pioli’s side have struggled in the absence of Rafael Leao, as they lack an edge going forward. Giroud becomes isolated as the French striker has a good understanding with the Portuguese winger. Leao supplies cutback and crosses for Giroud to feed on. While, the French striker drops to create space and pass through to him.
Inter might look to double up on Leao with Darmian and Dumfries on the right. The Nerazzurri will have to be wary of Theo Hernandez as well, who makes overlapping runs while Leao shifts inside and attack the half-space. Hence, Inter might want to go with a lower backline and compact defense to give Milan less space to run into. Also, they can target the space left by Theo and Leao in transition.