UCL’s ‘Milan Derby’ is the biggest issue, is it possible for Leang to return from injury?

A club in Milan that will advance to the final of the European Football Federation Champions League (UCL) will be decided on the 17th (Korean time). AC Milan (hereafter referred to as Milan) ace Raphael Leang’s return from injury is the biggest key.

On the 17th, the second leg of the 2022-2023 UCL semifinals will be held at San Siro in Milan, Italy. In the previous first leg, Inter Milan (hereinafter referred to as Inter) won 2-0 against AC Milan and occupied a huge advantage. The two teams are not only the same ointment, but also share the same stadium, and are representative football rivals.토스카지노

One of the factors in Inter’s victory in the first leg, as expected, was the absence of Leão. Leang won the MVP award by leading Milan’s 2021-2022 Italian Serie A championship, and is a key attacking resource that was very active when defeating Napoli in the quarterfinals.

With Leão missing due to injury, Milan’s plans for the semifinals were ruined. Leão suffered a muscle injury and was substituted in the 11th minute of a Serie A match against Lazio earlier this month. In the first leg of the semifinals, Milan tried to fill Leang’s place by simultaneously introducing Alexis Salemakiers and Braim Dias, who had been competing for the right winger position, on the left and right. Salemachius’ performance wasn’t bad, but not as good as Leão’s.

Milan coach Stefano Pioli, who was asked about Leão’s condition ahead of the second leg of the semifinals, said, “I’m getting better. I’m recovering like Rade Crunich and Junior Messias. I have a training that I have to finish today. I will be able to do it,” he said, expressing a positive outlook that all three injured people, including Leang, will be able to play.

If Leão can’t play, Milan will have no choice but to trust Olivier Giroud. Giroud scored 5 goals and 2 assists in the UCL. Giroud and Salemakiers (2 goals) are the only players who have scored more than 2 UCL goals in Milan. However, veteran striker Giroud needs a fellow striker to shake up the defense for synergy.

Inter’s attacking resources have reached their peak recently. Not only Edin Dzeko, who scored in the first leg, but also leading stars such as Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku have a good sense of goal recently. 

In the first leg of the other semi-final, Real Madrid and Manchester City drew 1-1. The two teams will play the second leg of the quarterfinals on the 18th. 

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