Match Today: AC Milan vs Inter Milan 03-09-2022 Serie A
Arch rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan meet in the first derby della Madonnina of the season as the San Siro await a fiery showdown on Saturday afternoon.
After a frantic end to the transfer market, Serie A returns to action this weekend. While there are plenty of delicious matches, there is no match for the iconic advert for Italian football, the Milan derby, as Serie A champions AC Milan host arch-rivals Inter Milan at their shared home in San Siro for a crucial clash on Saturday, which already looks like Decisive in the Scudetto race.
And there is now expected to be a hostile atmosphere after bragging rights passed from Inter to their city neighbors last season. Both Milan teams went to the neck last season, as the Rossoneri were on the verge of overtaking Inter to return home for the first time in Serie A since 2010/11.
And while the defending champions enjoyed a solid start undefeated into the 2022-23 season, only two wins out of four potential, losing points to Sassuolo and Atalanta certainly wasn't in Stefano Pioli's side, who would have targeted much better. Begin to defend their title.
AC Milan vs Inter Milan
The Rossoneri are currently sixth in the Serie A table, with eight points from their first four games of the season.
Milan failed to establish their rhythm in the middle of the week, playing 0-0 at Sassuolo. They only had two shots on target and they would have lost the match had it not been for Mike Meghann's superb first-half penalty save by Domenico Berardi.
On the other hand, Inter have been impressive in Serie A so far this season, with nine points on board, only surpassed by Jose Mourinho's Roma and surprising Atalanta, who have 10 points. 3-1 against Lazio. They quickly recovered from their loss in Lazio, with their 3-1 overall win over Cremonese on Tuesday.
Joaquin Correa, Nicolo Parilla and Lautaro Martinez scored the score sheet. The last confrontation between the two teams took place in the Italian Cup in April of this year, when Inter Milan won 3-0. Milan were outgunned that day and out of the competition. They now have a chance to get revenge this weekend. Before what appears to be an exciting confrontation between two giants in world football.
Inter Milan vs Milan
Meanwhile, AC Milan was actually one of the busiest Serie A teams on the deadline. Sergino Dest has arrived from Barcelona on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy to provide cover at full-back. The 19-year-old midfielder, Aster Franks, has also been picked up from Wolfsburg in a similar type of risk-free deal. Inter have also done some work of their own on the deadline, signing 34-year-old defender Francesco Acerbi from Lazio. On a season-long loan deal with the option to buy included.
Coach Simone Inzaghi's side completed most of their transfer deals earlier in the window, with midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Christian Aslani and goalkeeper Andre Onana arriving through the door. Not to mention Romelu Lukaku is back on loan from Chelsea, but he is now expected to miss a month with a hamstring problem.
Fortunately, Inter has the experience Eden Dzeko to fill the Belgian attacking line. Inzaghi's dilemma will be the Bosnian partner in attack. Joaquin Correa received the call against Cremonese and did well and scored as well, but Lautaro Martinez responded to the fall with a goal off the bench. Milan and Inter Milan faced each other 232 matches in all competitions, with Inter winning 85 in the derby. On the other hand, city rivals AC Milan emerged victorious on 78 occasions.
Milan's 20-game unbeaten streak is the longest currently unbeaten streak in Europe's top 5 leagues. No team in the top 5 European leagues has kept a clean sheet more than AC Milan since the start of 2022. Inter have lost only one of their last six matches against their city rivals, with four of the last five league encounters between the two giants Milan seeing both teams defeat in the net.