Champions League: 10 stats ahead of AC Milan v Inter semi-final clash

Champions League: 10 stats ahead of AC Milan v Inter semi-final clash

Old enemies AC Milan and Inter will go head to head in the Champions League semi-final, with the first leg taking place at San Siro this evening.

The second leg is scheduled for next Tuesday, also at San Siro, of course, with pride and a place in the final of the competition up for grabs.

Both legs look certain to be full of passion on and off the pitch, with fans of both clubs set to play a huge role across the two matches.

10 stats ahead of AC Milan v Inter Champions League tie

1 – Of the 235 matches between the two clubs, 178 have taken place in Serie A, with the game being played in six other competitions: Coppa Italia, First Division, National Division, Champions League, Upper Italian League and Supercoppa Italiana, as per the official Inter website.

2 – AC Milan will face an Italian opponent in Europe’s premier competition for the fifth time, with the club making it through or lifting the trophy on all of the previous four occasions, according to the official AC Milan website.

3 – The fixture represents just the second time in history that two Italian clubs have met each other at this stage of the competition, with AC Milan defeating Inter across two legs in the 2002/03 campaign the only other time.

4 – In the previous 235 matches between the two sides in all competitions, Inter have won 87, with AC Milan winning 79, while there have been 69 draws.

5 – AC Milan are unbeaten against Inter in the Champions League, winning two and drawing two of their matches, with the former keeping a clean sheet on three occasions.

6 – The most frequent scoreline between the two Italian giants in all competitions is 1-1, which has happened on 33 occasions.

7 – For the first time in history, AC Milan and Inter will face each other five times in a single season.

8 – Inter have scored a total of 326 derby goals, compared to AC Milan’s 310, with the former scoring in each of the seven competitions in which they have taken on the latter.

9 – Iconic figure Giuseppe Meazza has scored the most goals in the history of this fixture for Inter players, with 12 to his name.

10 – And another iconic figure in Helenio Herrera is the manager with the most matches in charge of Milan derbies with 20 in all competitions, with the legend winning eight of those games, making him the coach with the most derby wins in Inter’s history.

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The highly-anticipated first leg will undoubtedly produce a phenomenal atmosphere at San Siro, with the two clubs well aware of what is at stake.

Away from the Champions League, they are neck and neck in Serie A, with Inter currently sitting fourth on 63 points, two points ahead of AC Milan in fifth.

And it is the Nerazzurri who go into the game in much better form with four wins in their last five matches, with the Rossoneri boasting just two wins from their last five games.

But it looks set to be a very tight encounter regardless of form, with the winner over the two legs facing another tough test in the final against either Real Madrid or Manchester City.

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