Champions, le rivali del Milan: Chelsea, sliding doors tra ex e Leao. Salisburgo, la filosofia Red Bull. Zagabria, la casa di Boban

Champions, Milan’s rivals: Chelsea, sliding doors between ex and Leao. Salzburg, the Red Bull philosophy. Zagreb, Boban’s home

AC Milan were drawn into Group E of the 2022/23 Champions League: in the first range, he caught the English of Chelsea, the Austrians of Salzburg and the Croats of Dinamo Zagreb.

Here you are the typical formation, the star, the path and the precedents with the opponents of Milan.

CHELSEA
Curious the crossing with the English, champions of Europe two seasons ago and now without Romelu Lukaku, sent back on loan to Inter. However, Tuchel is courting heavily Rafael Leao and acquired the young Caesar Casadeiagain from the Nerazzurri, as well as Kalidou Koulibaly from Naples. Club that changed owners on passing from the Russian Abrahmovich to the American Boehly, always remaining very rich. He challenges as ex for Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud.

TYPICAL TRAINING (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Azpilucueta; Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Havertz; Sterling.

THE STAR – Kai Havertz, decisive man in the final against City two seasons ago. Without real first tips, in Europe the fate of Tuchel and his people depends on verve of the German, unstoppable when he feels like it.

THE PATH – Chelsea qualified for the Champions League by finishing third behind City and Liverpool in last season’s Premier League.

PREVIOUS – Rossoneri and Blues they met twice in the group stage: both games ended in a draw, 1-1 and 0-0, in the 1999/2000 season.

SALZBURG
Champions Group of ancient tradition for the Rossoneri, who will live some curious amarcord: in the case of the Austrians, in the 1994/95 Champions League round Milan triumphed with a clear 3-0 but Uefa canceled the victory due to the throw of an object that hit the goalkeeper Konrad. In recent years they have become one of the teams of the Red Bull group, forge of talents, but they don’t forget the past: “Happy to play against the biggest club in Italy! We can’t wait to see you in Salzburg”. Now the technical project is being carried out by Matthias Jaissle, in his second season on the Austrian bench, in the challenge between two philosophies that focus on young people.

TYPICAL TRAINING (4-3-3): Kohn; Dedic, Solet, Pavlovic, Wober; Kjaergaard, Seiwald, Capaldo; Sucic, Okafor, Sesko.

THE STAR – Watch out for class 2002 Sucicwho can play both in the midline and behind the strikers, and the Swiss Noah Okafor, striker of 2000 already in the network with the senior national team against Italy. The 19-year-old Slovenian Benjamin plays in front Sesko, already betrothed to Leipzig. Milan had also laid eyes on the Croatian and on the latter.

THE PATH – RB Salzburg qualified for the Champions League after winning the Austrian Champion title, for the 16th time and the ninth in a row.

PREVIOUS – There are two precedents in European competitions between Milan and Salzburg, both of which arrived in the Champions League in 1994/95: the Rossoneri had won both group stage matches against the Austrians, with an overall score of 4-0, only to see revoked a table victory. AC Milan have only lost one of 11 European competition matches against Austrian sides (2-5 v Rapid Vienna in 1957) – completing two draws and eight wins (including all of the last five).

DYNAMO ZAGREB
The loose cannon of the group, above all at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, where an unforgotten ex like Zvonimir Boban has grown up, architect of the Rossoneri success in recent seasons. On the market it could embrace Marko again Pjaca, who failed at Juve. L’amarcord? The challenge in the preliminaries of 2000, as expected.

TYPICAL TRAINING (4-3-3): Livakovic; Ristovski, Sutalo, Peric, Ljubicic; Baturina, Ademi, Ivanusec; Spikic, Petkovic, Orsic.

THE STAR – Leading the Croats, in attack, Bruno Petkovic, who played in Italy with the shirts of Catania, Varese and Trapani, Bologna and Verona among others. The Croatians boast 6 players who have played in Italy in the past: Sutalo, Ristovksi, Misic, Gojak, ex Toro, Orsic, hat-trick against Atalanta two years ago, and Petkovic. Very interesting Luka Ivanusec, born in ’98 who plays from the middle wing.

THE PATH – Dinamo Zagreb eliminated the Norwegians of Bodo Glimt, an old acquaintance of Roma, in the preliminaries, after extra time, at their home stadium. Group ticket won following yet another Croatian championship victory.

PREVIOUS – AC Milan have won all four European competition matches against Dinamo Zagreb: two wins in the first round of the 1973/74 Cup Winners’ Cup and two in the 2000 Champions League qualifiers. In total there are six matches for AC Milan against Croatian opponents in European competitions: after five successes came the defeat against Rijeka in the group stage of the 2017/18 Europa League.

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