This is the second Super Cup final that takes place in Saudi Arabia in a row, after Sunday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. This year the Italian Super Cup will be a Derby Della Madonnina, as the AC Milan vs Inter Milan will be a classic Italian duel, transferring its glory to Asia once more.
Their last meeting in a Super Cup final proves that the Italians have no problem organising this competition far from their country. AC Milan vs Inter Milan took place in Beijing eleven years ago, when the red part of the city came victorious 2-1. Last year though Inter won 2-1 against Juventus on its home turf, Giuseppe Meazza. Juventus will not compete for this trophy after ten consecutive appearances, in a much-anticipated battle, which means more for both of them.
It is one of the most historic European football battles, as AC Milan vs Inter Milan has been played 233 times, with Inter beating Milan on 85 occasions (Milan won 79 and there are also 69 draws). The last meeting between these two teams was a Serie A battle, which finished with a 3-2 victory for Milan.
AC Milan vs Inter Milan
Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
Venue: King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
The Rossoneri travel to Riyadh to obtain their 8th Supercoppa, as they previously won seven of their eleven matches. But the timing is not ideal. Last Saturday Milan was only five points behind Napoli in the Serie A standings, but this week so many things have changed. Stefano Pioli saw his players concede two late goals vs Roma (2-2), being eliminated against 10-men Torino midweek in the Italian Cup and last but not least, bringing a draw against Lecce. The frustration is real, especially now that the Champions League spot is in danger somehow. That’s what a week can change to a whole season.
The Italian head coach has any new injuries to worry about, meaning that Mike Maignan, Ante Rebic, Alessandro Florenci, Rante Krunic and Fode Ballo-Toure will not attend Wednesday’s class.
Inter enters this encounter following a poor 1-0 win against Hellas Verona. On the positive side, Simone Inzaghi saw Lautaro Martinez score early in the game, as the Argentinian tries to find his old scoring glory. In the Italian Cup, Inter needed the extra time to eliminate Parma, showing signs of inability to prevail against smaller teams.
Inzaghi has to shape his squad considering that he stayed with reduced options. Romelu Lukaku, Samir Handanovic and Marcelo Brozovic can’t be considered, but the depth is more than enough for this kind of game.
Both teams to Score and Inter Milan to Win or Draw @2.30
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