Milan take on Tottenham in the first leg of the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League later today, but the Rossoneri’s record against English sides has not been great in recent years.
Their most recent meeting against an English side came against Chelsea, and the Blues picked up wins in both the games in the group stages, scoring five past Milan and not conceding even once. Stefano Pioli’s side also took on Liverpool last season in the group stages of the competition and the results then weren’t encouraging either.
Despite a promising performance at Anfield, they lost 3-2 and they then lost 2-1 to the Reds at the San Siro. But the case of losing to English sides doesn’t end there.
In the 2020/21 season of the UEFA Europa League, Milan had held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in the Round of 16 of the the competition. But a Paul Pogba goal at San Siro made sure that they were knocked out.
Another English side that has already handed defeat to Milan are Arsenal and it came at the promising point of the Round of 17 of the Europa League back in the 2017/18 campaign. The Gunners picked up a dominating 5-1 win on aggregate, beating Milan in both the legs.
Tottenham themselves knocked out the Rossoneri in the Round of 16 of the Champions League back in the 2010/11 season and while that was a different era for both clubs, it is part of the heritage of the fixture today.
In total, Milan have beaten English sides only 12 times in their entire history, out of a possible 45 attempts. And that doesn’t bode well for the game later today.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN