The city of Milan in particular and Italian football in general are eagerly counting down to the Derby della Madonnina.
Last season, there were 5 derbies taking place on all fronts, in which Inter won the last 4 matches without conceding a goal.
Simone Inzaghi’s team overcame Milan to win the Italian Super Cup, then defeated this opponent before reaching the Champions League final.
“I’m happy to win four derbies in a row, but past results no longer mean anything,” coach Inzaghi said.
Inzaghi looks to the future. He wants Inter to have another victory to gain more confidence in the race to win the Serie A championship, as well as return to the Champions League.
Inter started the season with a winning record and kept a clean sheet. “Nerazzurri” had Lautaro Martinez get off to the best start of his career, scoring 5 goals in 4 matches.
As captain, Lautaro quickly found a common voice with new teammate Marcus Thuram. The French player also had his own goal.
Milan also started the season with a win and scored 8 goals like their city rivals.
Last summer’s transfer period marked big changes in Milan, when the American owners invested in many positions.
Pulisic brings a new feature to the attack, combining with Giroud and Rafael Leao to form a powerful trio.
In midfield, new signing Reijnders became the ideal replacement for Tonali. Loftus-Cheek also played very well to fill the void left by Bennacer, who had to miss 4 months due to injury.
After a positive start, the derby was a test of the stability of the new Milan. 90 minutes at Giuseppe Meazza promises to be intense and exciting.
Inter: Acerbi, Sensi and Sanchez all recovered.
Milan: Tomori is suspended. Bennacer, Kalulu, Caldara are injured.
Inter (3-5-2): Sommer; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Lautaro Martinez, Thuram.
Milan (4-3-3): Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Thiaw, Theo Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Reijnders; Pulisic, Giroud, Leao.
Match odds: Inter handicap 1/4
Goal ratio: 2 1/2
Prediction: Inter wins 2-1.
Ngoc Huy | 10:11 September 16, 2023