The iconic San Siro is the venue for tonight’s Group E clash between two former European champions in AC Milan and Chelsea and both clubs have 4 points after 3 games played with Chelsea defeating the Rossoneri a week ago at the Stamford Bridge.
RB Salzburg are surprise leaders in the group although with 1 point more than Chelsea. The fixture tonight will there be important as the winner in Italy could either cement second place or leapfrog the group leaders if they fail to win in their own fixture.
Chelsea seem to have got their groove back after Graham Potter took over from sacked Thomas Tuchel. The English manager has posted impressive results in recent games for The Blues but tonight’s game will be another test of his grit.
The London club will be without N’Golo Kanté, Hakim Ziyech and Wesley Fofana due to injuries. Thiago Silva is however be available for Chelsea after being rested in their league fixture at the weekend.
Stefan Pioli’s men will be banking on the partisan home fans to be the 12th man on the pitch because a loss will almost condemn Milan to the Europa league. Charles De Ketelaere joins the growing injury list at the Milan club. Mike Maignan, Simon Kjaer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Saelemaekers and Davide Calabria are long-term absentees due to their respective injuries.
Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud will also want to prove a point to their former clubs because scoring and keeping a clean sheet against Chelsea will keep Milan’s Champions League campaign alive.