The group of death in the Champions League this season is heating up as Milan will aim to take one step further towards qualifying for the knockouts when they face Borussia Dortmund tonight at the San Siro.
Just a single point separates the teams from each other in Group F and only a win tonight can put Milan into firm contention to progress to the Round of 16 of the Champions League. These two sides were inseparable at Signal Iduna Park in the reverse fixture as it ended goalless.
After a month of enduring winless form in the league, Milan finally got back to winning ways in their last Serie A game versus Fiorentina. Theo Hernandez’s 45th-minute penalty strike stood the difference between the two teams as the Rossoneri stopped Viola’s recent surge in form and held onto the third place in the league standings.
Stefano Pioli has some goalscoring concerns to consider as he won’t be having star player Rafael Leao for the match. Milan have only managed to score two goals across their four European outings and it will be a tough task for them to find the net today.
Meanwhile, Dortmund approach this match on the back of a thrilling 4-2 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. Die Fohlen’s Rocco Reitz and Manu Kone gave an early two-goal lead to the visitors and two minutes later, Die Schwarzgelben started to stage a comeback when Marcel Sabitzer halved the lead. Niclas Fullkrug equalised within the span of two minutes before Jamie Bynoe-Gittens overturned the deficit into a lead for the hosts just on the brink of half-time. Donyell Malen put up his name on the scoresheet at the end of the match.
Edin Terzic’s side have the best record in the group after winning against Newcastle United twice and drawing with Milan in the opening match. They will be travelling to Italy to win three consecutive games for the first time since 2020.
Results from their last five matches across all competitions
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Olivier Giroud is set to be back in the side after serving a suspension against Fiorentina. However, Noah Okafor and Rafael Leao remain out of this fixture through injuries.
Samuel Chukwueze is expected to start the game and Luka Jovic will be dropped from the last time’s starting line-up.
As for Dortmund, they will be without Felix Nmecha as he suffered a hip injury ahead of the international break.
Donyell Malen’s added-time goal against Monchengladbach might earn him a starting role tonight alongside Niclas Fullkrug.
Karim Adeyemi and Sebastian Haller are out of this match.
Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Thiaw, Hernandez; Musah, Reijnders; Chukwueze, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic; Giroud
Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Kobel; Sule, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson; Can, Sabitzer; Reus, Brandt, Malen; Fullkrug
Trambak Bhattacherjee | GIFN