Inter takes on Milan in the 27th Derby della Madonnia in the Coppa Italia history to decide their faith in the second leg of the semifinal. The winner of the clash is set to meet Juventus or Fiorentina for the final on 11th May.
The Rossoneri are leading the Serie A table ahead of their arch-rivals and wants to add this trophy in their showroom this season as well. Inter are poised to spoil the party. The teams' encounter in the first leg ended goalless played a month back.
INT vs ACM Coppa Italia 2021-22 Semi Final leg 2 Match Details
Date: Tuesday, 19 April 2022/ Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Time: 21:00 (CET)/ 00:30 (IST)
Venue: San Siro Stadium, Milan
INT vs ACM Coppa Italia 2021-22 Semi Final leg 2 Match Preview
The first leg of the contest a month back was a forgetful affair as neither of them pressed each other to get a result out of the game. The second leg promises to be a different one as both teams gear up for a fierce derby. Both clubs are of course engaged in heated battles for the Scudetto. Stefano Pioli's Milan stretched their unbeaten streak to 11 league games and 13 in all competitions with a 2-0 over Genoa at the weekend. Their lead at the top of Serie A is now two points. Moreover, Milan haven't conceded a single goal starting with the stalemate in the first leg. The manager himself said his team's solidity surprises him because of the team's offensive and risky nature. The fact they have managed to keep seven clean sheets in a row without Simon Kjaer or Romanogli needs applauding. Pierre Kalulu and Gabbia have stepped up decisively in their place. Milan's task is now to maintain it against a team from where it all started. They have beat Inter already this season so an additional dose of confidence for Pioli and his boys.
Simeone Inzaghi's men have their unbeaten streak to boast about. Inter haven't lost a single game since losing to Sassuolo in February and have kept a clean sheet in six of those nine games preceding it. In that period, the Nerazzuri have picked up five wins with three out of three this month. Positive signs are again emerging for the Serie A holders after a slump allowed others to gain ground in the Scudetto chase. Defending the title will be an utmost priority still Inter are not leaving any stone unturned to get over the line in this historical competition. Their last success in Coppa Italia came back in 2011. It was also their last appearance in the showpiece final. Inzaghi understands the importance of winning trophies this season to keep the dominance Inter have shown in the last two years. Winning Serie A is a grand charm but a Coppa Italia triumph will give Inzaghi some plaudits. After all, he has won this competition before with Lazio in 2019. In order to get there, Inter have to win against Milan for the first time this season.
INT vs ACM Coppa Italia 2021-22 Semi Final leg 2 Team News
Inter trio Alessandro Bastoni, Stefan de Vrij and Joaquin Correa are all passed fit to feature in this game. Bastoni came off against Spezia at the weekend with eight minutes left in the game. His injury is deemed not serious. De Vrij didn't play the game only as a precaution to his injury and is expected to the lineup for the second leg. Correa too missed the fixture with a blow to his knee a week prior but has named himself in the squad.
Stefan Pioli said Davide Calabria and Alessio Romanogli's situation will be accessed on Monday. Calabria faced some difficulties a day back but is expected to train. Romanogli has not trained yet. Pioli also said Gabbia is fine after sustaining a knock against Genoa at the weekend. Alessandro Florenzi won't be available till the next month with a meniscus injury. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the sidelines due to a head injury while Simon Kjaer is out for the season.
INT vs ACM Coppa Italia 2021-22 Semi Final leg 2 Expected Lineups
Inter: Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan De Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni, Denzel Dumfries, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ivan Perisic; Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko
Milan: Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez, Sandro Tonali, Ismael Bennacer, Junior Messias, Franck Kessie, Rafael Leao, Olivier Giroud
INT vs ACM Head to Head
AC Milan holds the upper hand in the head to head victories over Inter in the Coppa Italia. The Red and Blacks have won the derby 10 times compared to Nerazzurri's eight victories. Milan have also scored more goals (34). Although, Milan have only managed one win in the last five derbies in all competitions including a 2-1 loss in this competition last year in the quarterfinals stage. Inter also leads in terms of victories and goals scored in the overall count.
INT vs ACM Coppa Italia 2021-22 Semi Final leg 2 Dream11 Team Prediction
GK: Maignan (9)
DEF: Skriniar (9), Kalulu (9), Bastoni (8.5), Hernandez (10)
MID: Kessie (8.5), Brozovic (9), Tonali (9)
FW: Leao (9.5), Martinez (9.5), Perisic (9)