Match Today: Chelsea vs AC Milan 05-10-2022 UEFA Champions League
Chelsea will play host AC Milan in the Champions League, as Graham Potter seeks stability in his side's European campaign.
Graham Potter's reign in the Premier League as Chelsea's new manager may have had a successful start, but the cracks of the former regime are still visible. While the former Brighton & Hove Albion boss has three points domestically, halting Europe's decline will be next on the agenda when Milan face Chelsea this week.
Conor Gallagher's late shot against Crystal Palace secured three points. But Chelsea's European hopes are hanging by a thread. The Blues are currently at the bottom of their group after two matches, having drawn 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg last time out.
Chelsea vs Milan
Chelsea have only one point so far, and Potter will realize the importance of the first win to begin his European adventure.
They have the challenge of beating AC Milan, who are currently at the top of their group E. Milan got off to a mixed start defending the Serie A title. The Rossoneri are currently in fifth place, while Lazio is fourth on goal difference. But despite ups and downs in Serie A, Milan have done well in Europe.
After starting his campaign with a difficult 1-1 away draw against Red Bull Salzburg, the Rossoneri won 3-1 against Dinamo Zagreb in the second game Stefano Pioli will have to mess with his team before the midweek clash. The AC Milan coach will already have this weekend's clash with Juventus on his mind. The Italian league match with the highest tie between the two Chelsea matches will be. There should be optimism among Milan's squad ahead of their trip to London, but it's sure to be a tough encounter.
Milan vs Chelsea
Graham Potter scored his first win as Chelsea manager, away from home, against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea will face AC Milan for the first time since the 1999/00 season in the Champions League. Chelsea have not lost to the Italian opposition since losing to Inter Milan in March 2010. Milan have not won on English grass since February 2005.
Milan suffered seven draws and 12 defeats in 19 trips to face English opponents. While Stefano Pioli knows very well how spacious his medical room is currently. Up to seven first-team players are receiving treatment and remain potentially absent from the Chelsea trip. Notable among them are Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Divock Origi, Teo Hernandez and Mike Minnian. Furthermore, the win over Empoli at the weekend came at a cost as Pioli saw three other players injured.
Simon Kjeer, Alexis Selimmakers and Davide Calabria all had problems, raising suspicions about their involvement at the weekend. Despite numerous doubts about the fitness of at least four of the first-team players, Chelsea received positive news. There were great doubts between N'Golo Kante and Edward Mendy before the Milan match in the Champions League match