Milan and Inter play the Derby della Madonnina tonight in the Champions League semifinals.
Milan and Inter prepare for a crucial match at Stadio San Siro. A true heavyweight bout between two ancient Italian titans seems natural, or "football heritage," as romantic football aficionados say, and will be entertaining.
The cross-city rivals defeated Napoli and Benfica in the semifinals to meet at San Siro. Inter Milan sits fourth in the Italian league, two points ahead of AC Milan.
Last weekend, Milan defeated top-four opponents Lazio 2-0. However, that triumph came after a 1-1 draw against second-from-bottom Cremonese, demonstrating their inconsistent and feeble Scudetto defense this season.
Milan's main concern is that talented winger Rafael Leao may not play on Wednesday due to an adductor injury.
Leao's 26 total goals helped AC Milan win the Champions League. He'd be missed.
Simone Inzaghi's Inter lost five of seven Serie A games from February to March, including home defeats to Juventus, Fiorentina, and Monza.
Since then, the Nerazzurri have won four games and conceded one goal. They defeated Empoli, Lazio, Hellas Verona, and Roma. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, the 2020-21 Scudetto winners, are fit.
These two major clubs last competed in the Champions League in 2004/05. Inter supporters hurled pyrotechnics into San Siro, canceling the second game.
Teams have met five times this season. Inter Milan has won three, AC Milan one, and one tied.
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