AC Milan vs Inter Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

The first Derby della Madonnina of the year takes place at San Siro on Saturday as Inter and Milan clash in round four of the 2019/20 Serie A season.

Both clubs are under new management, Antonio Conte getting off to a bright start after taking charge of the Nerazzurri in the summer. They were victorious in their first three league games this term, though a stoppage-time Nicolo Barella header was required to grab a point against Slavia Prague on Tuesday night.

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It’s not an ideal start to their ?Champions League campaign, though the situation is worse for their neighbours, who have been banned from entering European competition this year due to a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations

In domestic matters, the ?Rossoneri have won two and lost one, with goals currently at a premium for Marco Giampaolo’s recruits.

Here’s our preview of the ?Milanese meeting.


Where to Watch

?When is Kick Off? Saturday 21 September?
?What Time is Kick Off? ?19:45 (BST)
?Where is it Played? ?San Siro
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?Premier Sports 1
?Referee? ?Giuseppe Meazza

Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams’ official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.


Team News

Conte has a full compliment of players to choose from, with summer signings Stefano Sensi and Romelu Lukaku set to make their derby debuts. Fitness issues made Diego Godin wait for a maiden appearance in black and blue, the Uruguayan getting his first start last time out.

Milan counterpart Giampaolo is without two of his first-team squad, one through injury and the other due to suspension.

Marco Giampaolo

A cruciate ligament rupture has kept central-defender Mattia Caldara out of action since May, though he is expected to return in late November.

Right-back Davide Calabaria was dismissed in the dying embers of the victory over Verona. The referee showed him a straight red following a professional foul on opposition frontman Samuel Di Carmine, the 22-year-old now set to sit out the next three games.


Potential Lineups

?Milan Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Biglia, Kessie, Calhanoglu; Suso, Paqueta; Piatek.?
?Inter ?Handanovic; Godin, de Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Barella, Brozovic, Sensi, Asamoah; Martinez, Lukaku. 

Head to Head Record

Milan have triumphed over ?Inter in only three of their last 17 encounters, winning just once in their seven most recent match-ups.

The Nerazzurri have taken the victory on 80 occasions throughout history, four more than their rivals, whilst there have also been 67 draws.

When the pair last did battle, it was Inter who stole the spoils as the Rossoneri twice found themselves with a two-goal deficit to make up in March.

Matias Vecino’s close-range blast and a towering header from Stefan de Vrij gave the Nerazzurri a healthy lead which was swiftly halved when Tiemoue Bakayoko glanced in a Hakan Calhanoglu free-kick shortly before the hour.

Lautaro Martinez restored Inter’s advantage from the spot, with Mateo Musacchio’s scrappy goal scant consolation for Milan in what proved to be manager Gennaro Gattuso’s final derby.


Recent Form

Both sides have failed to win just one match this term, the midweek draw with Slavia ending Conte’s faultless start to life in northern Italy.

Inter were electric as the 50-year-old made his San Sir bow versus Lecce in late August, though they had to show grit and determination to secure victories over Cagliari and Udinese in the following two games.

Lukaku and Sensi – bought for a combined €110m over the off-season – have looked like strong additions to the squad, whilst the defence is also showing signs of improvement.

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Milan, on the other hand, struggle for goals. In their three competitive fixtures this year, they’ve scored just twice, but that isn’t too pressing an issue for now given the solidity of their backline.

Giampaolo’s men certainly seem in a good position to keep Inter’s attack at arm’s length, yet they’re unlikely to pose too much of a threat at the opposite end of the pitch.

Here’s how the rivals fared in their last five matches:

?Milan? Inter?
Feronikeli 0-2 Milan (10/8) ?Valencia 1-1 Inter *(6-7) (10/8)
??Cesena 0-0 Milan (17/8) ?Inter 4-0 Lecce (26/8)
Udinese 1-0 Milan (25/8) ?Cagliari 1-2 Inter (01/9)
??Milan 1-0 Brescia (31/8) ?Inter 1-0 Udinese (14/9)
?Verona 0-1 Milan (15/9) ?Inter 1-1 Slavia Prague (17/9)

Prediction

Milan will ensure this is a competitive affair. However, it will probably be a contest dominated by Inter, who possess the necessary tools to break their rivals down over the course of 90 minutes.

Conte has various avenues of attack through which he can punish the Rossoneri, ranging from the reinvigorated Lukaku to the aerially-adept centre-backs in his lineup. There is reason to fear what the Nerazzurri have at their disposal.

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Eventually, they should find a way past Gianluigi Donnarumma and once they do, it’s doubtful Milan are capable of mounting a comeback.

Prediction: Milan 0-2 Inter

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Ronaldo: Looking Back at 6 of The Brazilian’s Most Iconic Moments on His Birthday

That lightning acceleration. That Brazilian flair. That dodgy haircut. 

We all have our own memories of Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, or simply ‘Ronaldo’. The big man burst onto the scene whilst playing for PSV Eindhoven, and terrorised defences with his breathtaking speed, quick feet and ability to round any goalkeeper on the planet. 

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Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest footballers to have ever walked this earth, and he truly was a joy to watch. The two-time Ballon d’Or winner played with such a grace and speed that he made the game look so easy – a sign of an elite player. 

As football fans, we were privileged to watch the genius at work for a number of years, but his plaguing knee injuries undoubtedly robbed us all of many more historic goals and tricks. 

The former Brazil international is a footballing legend, and it’s only fair that we look back at the great man’s most iconic moments on his 43rd birthday. 


Hat-Trick vs Bayer Leverkusen in 1994 

This is the night where it all began for Ronaldo. He was making a name for himself in Holland with PSV, but the teenager burst onto the European stage in an exhilarating encounter against Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Cup. 

Ronaldo, unknown to most at the time, single-handedly destroyed the Leverkusen defence in one of the most impressive individual displays of all time. Although the crumbling Eindhoven backline continued to ship goals, this irrepressible youngster stunned the world with his frightening pace, rocket-powered shots and deft touch in front of goal. 


Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick on the night, his second goal a wonder-strike from 25 yards, and although PSV fell to a 5-4 defeat in Germany, the Brazilian wonderkid had given the world a glimpse of what was to come over the next decade. 


Barcelona Goal vs SD Compostela 

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Still incredibly young and raw, Ronaldo was taking the world by storm. It’s a crying shame that the Brazilian only spent one season at Camp Nou, but he certainly made the most of his time with the Catalan club.

The ?Barca striker scored an incredible 47 goals in 49 appearances for La Blaugrana and the majority of them were pieces of art, but his goal against SD Compostela ranks highest of all. 

Picking up the ball in his own half, Ronaldo danced away from a challenge, released himself from the grip of the most cynical shirt-pull of all time, and set off on a storming charge towards a visibly quaking backline. 

O Fenomeno weaved through several tackles before rifling home, leaving Barca manager Bobby Robson gobsmacked on the touchline. A goal so good, no one in the stadium could truly believe it had happened.


UEFA Cup Final Goal vs Lazio 

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Cup final goals are always special, but a goal to seal a win against your league rivals in European competition always tastes a little bit sweeter. ?Inter striker Ronaldo wrapped up a 3-0 victory against fellow Serie A side Lazio, and he delivered his trademark finish which summed up the man’s brilliance.

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Breaking the offside trap with expert timing, Ronaldo tore away from the flagging defenders, sucked the goalkeeper in before rounding him with ease, and nonchalantly rolled the ball home. 

It was a move he produced so regularly, but no keeper in the game could live with his devastating drop of the shoulder when through on goal. 


Real Madrid Debut vs Alaves 

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Debuts are not an easy occasion for some players. So much expectation to deliver, and the world’s eyes are boring into you.

You know what helps? Scoring 61 seconds into your first match. And that’s exactly what O Fenomeno did. 

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo waves

Coming on as a substitute, Ronaldo immediately got his name on the ?Real Madrid scoresheet, bringing down a difficult cross from the left and lashing a volley past the helpless goalkeeper. 

I imagine that calmed the nerves of just about everyone at the Santiago Bernabeu, although I doubt Ronaldo was too concerned to begin with. The new Galactico went on to add a second goal later in the match, and became an instant fans’ favourite in the Spanish capital.


 World Cup Final Brace  

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This was the pinnacle of the great man’s career. Ronaldo had suffered heartbreak four years prior when Brazil lost the World Cup final to France, and the young talisman had suffered a serious convulsion hours before kickoff. 

The tournament favourites entered the competition with great expectations and the weight of a nation on their shoulders, but the Samba boys duly delivered, banishing the memories of France ’98. 


Ronaldo was the star of the World Cup, and O Fenomeno ended the tournament as top scorer with eight goals; bagging a brace in the final. 

And of course, we all remember that suspect trim he rocked against Germany, which unfortunately never really caught on.


Real Madrid Hat-Trick vs Manchester United 

This is still one of the greatest moments in Champions League history, and Ronaldo’s Real Madrid treble is considered one of the best hat-tricks that football has ever witnessed. 

The Spanish giants rode into Manchester brimming with confidence, and O Fenomeno delivered one of the outstanding performances of his career against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. 

?His first goal was a brilliant first-time finish, catching goalkeeper Fabien Barthez by surprise, lashing the ball fiercely in at the near post. 

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Ronaldo’s second goal was a tap-in, finishing off some neat buildup play, but the pièce de résistance however, was his hat-trick goal. 

Picking up possession midway inside the ?Man Utd half, the Madrid number 11 took a few strides forward, shifted the ball onto his right foot, and unleashed a vicious effort which somehow curled, dipped and arrowed past Barthez. 

Ronaldo was applauded off the pitch by the entire Old Trafford crowd, which tells us all we need to know about one of football’s greatest servants. 

Parabéns O Fenomeno!


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Antonio Conte Calls Out Inter ‘Ducklings’ After Disappointing Slavia Praha Draw

?Antonio Conte left no stone unturned as he accused his Inter players of severely under-performing as they got their Champions League campaign off to a disappointing start in their 1-1 home draw with Slavia Praha.

Taking charge of the club for the first time on the European stage, the Nerazzurri fell behind to a Peter Olayinka strike in the first-half after failing to convert chances of their own. It took until second-half stoppage time for the hosts to snatch an unlikely point, as Nicolo Barella’s mis-hit volley nestled into the far corner on his first European club appearance.


Nevertheless, Conte was left fuming with his side’s decision to go against the methods practiced in training, after seeing his side opt for long ball tactics and failing to match their Czech Republic opponents in various facets at the San Siro.

“Slavia beat us in terms of intensity, determination, pace…We showed nothing of our ideas of football. You seem to think I arrive here, touch and the ducklings turn into swans. There’s a lot of work to do and we need to improve, but that was not our football,” the ?Inter boss told Sky Sports, via ?Football Italia.

“I generally hate the long ball and run routine, as that is not our football, but that’s what we largely did today. It wasn’t the plan.”

While the ?Serie A side failed to impart his ideas onto the pitch, the former ?Chelsea boss did insist the blame should be placed on his shoulders, not just his players, for failing to hold up his end of the bargain.

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“I must be the first to take responsibility, because evidently I didn’t have the effect I wanted in my initial choices or in explaining the kind of match we were going into,” he added.

“When I say we shouldn’t let ourselves get swept up in enthusiasm, I mean it. I am here to help these lads improve, so put the blame on me. I refuse to talk about individuals, because we were all below par today, starting from me. I am the first onto the naughty step, the main dunce.”

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Champions League Roundup: A Star Is Born for Salzburg & Ajax Hit Cruise Control

?Admit it, you missed the Champions League, didn’t you? You’re in good company if you did, even if the 2019/20 campaign’s opening offerings weren’t quite as spectacular as we hoped they may have been.

Goals were hard to come by in some places across Europe, but they most certainly weren’t in others – specifically in Austria and Netherlands. If you weren’t able to follow the action live, here’s your rundown of how matchday one unfolded across Groups E to H.


Group E

The marquee match of this group should have been Napoli taking on Liverpool at the Stadio San Paolo stadium.

Instead, all eyes swiftly turned to the game between Salzburg and Genk as a rising star of the game introduced himself on the biggest stage of them all. Erling Haland, at just 19 years old, became just the third teenager in Champions League history to net more than one goal on his competition debut.

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Keen to prove a point, he rifled home a first half hat-trick as Salzburg ran out 6-2 winners in a barnstorming game at the Red Bull Arena. Hee-Chan Hwang, Dominik Szoboszlai and Andreas Ulmer were the other goalscorers for the hosts; John Lucumi and Mbwana Aly Samatta netting for the Belgians.

?Liverpool, holders of the Champions League, meanwhile, stumbled in their opening defence of their crown – losing 2-0 against a defensively resolute Napoli side organised beautifully by Carlo Ancelotti. You can find a full report of that game ?here.


Group F

The so-called ‘group of death’, pitting ?Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter against one another, is widely expected to provide thrills, spills and entertainment for us all.

Unfortunately, the opening exchanges were anything but exciting – with slim pickings on the goal front providing little-to-no entertainment for us to get ourselves excited about.

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In Germany, Marco Reus had a penalty saved by international teammate Marc-Andre ter Stegen en-route to a 0-0 draw, while Inter had summer signing Nicolo Barella to thank for sparing their blushes against Slavia Praha – his injury time rescuing a 1-1 draw for Antonio Conte’s men at San Siro.

A full report on the Dortmund-Barcelona game can be found ?here, whilst you can fill your boots on Inter’s clash with Slavia ?here.


Group G

In one of the less glamorous groups of this season’s Champions League, it’s very much all to play for between Lyon, Zenit St Petersburg, Benfica and RB Leipzig.

All four will feel they have a good chance of progressing to the knockout stages, but it’s Bundesliga rising star Leipzig who will have the biggest grins on their faces after matchday one. Inspired by Timo Werner, who almost inevitably will move to Bayern Munich at some point (right?), the away side struck twice in the last 20 minutes to sneak a 2-1 win over Benfica in Portugal.

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Earlier in the day, former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay grabbed a vital point for Lyon as his penalty rescued a 1-1 draw against Zenit St Petersburg. Sardar Azmoun had given the visitors the lead before half-time, but it finished honours even at the Stade des Lumieres.


Group H

Finally some entertainment for us to get our teeth into, though sadly it comes at the expense of Frank Lampard’s ?Chelsea.

A goal down heading into the final five minutes, the Blues were gifted the opportunity to equalise against Valencia when they were awarded a penalty. Not the first time this season, a debate ensued over who would take it, and Ross Barkley – who won the battle of wits over usual taker Jorginho – contrived to clip the crossbar, spurning a wonderful chance to earn a point at Stamford Bridge.

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Elsewhere, last season’s golden boys Ajax eased back into the European groove with a comfortable 3-0 win over Lille at the Amsterdam ArenA. Quincy Promes, Edson Alvarez and Nicolas Tagliafico were on target for the Dutch giants, as they put behind them the summer departures of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.


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Inter 1-1 Slavia Praha: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Barella’s Late Volley Saves Nerazzurri Blushes

Inter snatched a point from Czech giants Slavia Praha in their Champions League group stage opener thanks to a strike from substitute Nicolò Barella in added time.

Sitting in one of the tightest groups in the competition with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, ?Stefan de Vrij and Danilo D’Ambrosio wasted golden chances to put Inter into an early lead, although it still highlighted a potential weakness that Slavia Praha had from set-pieces.

Samir Handanovi? just avoided being left with egg on his face by conceding the opening goal while trying to play out from the back, but he was helpless to stop striker Peter Olayinka putting the visitors into a shock lead from close range after half-time.

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Inter then snatched a point from the match in added time after Stefano Sensi’s free-kick rebounded back to Barella, who mishit a volley into the far corner of the net in his first-ever appearance in European competitions.


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Key Talking Point

Antonio Conte will be all too aware that his side won’t be able to control every minute of every match this season, but Inter’s slow start highlighted the fact that they are only three games into their campaign – compared to Slavia Praha, who have played nine league matches.

The Nerazzurri had better options in each position than Tuesday’s opposition, but as a collective, Inter didn’t show any signs as to why they’re being tipped as a team who could topple Juventus in Italian football’s hierarchy this season.


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There seemed to be a severe lack of confidence in defence which gave Slavia Praha’s attacking players confidence as the match went on, but it was Inter’s crippling deficiency of creativity in the final third which proved to be most telling at San Siro.

In the end, a mishit volley from substitute Barella saved Inter from an opening day defeat, but Inter are now walking on thin ice if they want to make it through Group F unless their performances improve drastically over the next few weeks.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Handanovic (5); D’Ambrosio (5), de Vrij (6), Skriniar (7); Candreva (4), Gagliardini (6), Brozovic (5), Sensi (7), Asamoah (6); Lukaku (6), Martinez (7*).

Substitutes: Lazaro (6), Barella (4), Politano (6).


Star Man

We’re clutching at straws Inter struggled to create anything of note for large chunks of the match, but striker Lautaro Martínez brought the hosts’ toothless attacking lineup an important chunk of South American bite.

Lautaro Martinez

Although the Argentina international wasn’t able to create any chances for himself, Martínez was the only Inter player who looked to press Slavia Praha’s defenders and he even forced the visitors into the odd mistake.


Slavia Praha

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Kolar (5); Coufal (6), Kudela (5), Hovorka (6), Boril (7); Soucek (6), Traore (6), Husbauer (7); Masopust (6), Stanciu (7), Olayinka (8).


Substitutes: Zeleny (7), Provod (6), Helal (6).


Looking Ahead

Inter might have got over their first hurdle in Europe, but the Serie A fixture schedule is now set to turn ugly for the Nerazzurri as they race rivals Milan, as well as Lazio, Sampdoria and Juventus in their next batch of fixtures.

Conte’s side will also have to travel to Barcelona on matchday two in the Champions League, just before they host Italian champions Juventus.

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