Champions League | AC Milan vs Chelsea: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Milan Out for Revenge

#1

Stefano Pioli’s side opened their Group E campaign with a 1-1 draw against Salzburg on September 6 before recording a 3-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their second match. The defeat at Chelsea has seen them drop into third, but it is such a tight group at this stage, with just two points separating Dinamo Zagreb in fourth from Salzburg at the summit.

#2

Milan have not progressed to the knockout round of the Champions League since 2013-14, but they have won this competition on seven occasions, which makes them the second-most successful team in the history of the tournament behind Real Madrid, who lifted their 14th trophy last term.

#3

The Red and Blacks will enter this match off the back of a morale-boosting victory over Juventus in Serie A on Saturday night, with Fikayo Tomori and Brahim Diaz on the scoresheet against a disappointing Old Lady, and the result has left them in fourth position in the table, one point off leaders Atalanta BC.

#4

Graham Potter’s side have now been victorious in their last three games in all competitions, as they recorded a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday, with Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are now fourth in the table and seemingly heading in the right direction under Potter, who has made a positive impression as head coach since replacing the hugely popular Thomas Tuchel at the helm.

#5

The Blues won the Champions League in 2020-21, beating Manchester City in the final, but they were eliminated by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of last season’s competition and are not currently viewed as one of the favourites to lift the trophy at the end of the campaign.

DPP Verdict

Milan will be out for revenge on Tuesday evening, and we are expecting a much-improved performance from the Italian champions in this match. Chelsea are showing positive signs under Potter, though, and we believe that the Blues have enough quality to secure a share of the spoils at San Siro.