After the debacle of the weekend, there is (fortunately) no time to dwell on an appalling performance, as Milan are in town for the resumption of the Champions League tomorrow night.
When the draw was made it seemed a good one – Milan were struggling badly in the league, their side seemed to be long past it, and the were nowhere near the best side even in their city.
The last point still stands, as Inter remain unbeaten in Serie A and a major obstacle for Liverpool, who are desperate to save their abysmal season tonight, but anyone who underestimates the European champions is being foolish.
Milan live for the Champions League, especially over the past couple of seasons when, for various reasons, a league title has been unlikely. Two finals in the last three years tells it’s own story, and while we all know about Kaka, there are plenty of dangers, be it from the European stage loving Inzaghi, Gilardino, Pirlo, or the tigerish Gattuso, whose midfield battle with Flamini will be fascinating.
Flamini is one of a group of players giving us reason to cheer – he, along with Adebayor, is fit to start tomorrow’s game. The rest of the injury reports are sketchy, with some suggesting Clichy and Sagna will play, others claiming one or both are still unavailable.
Almunia is out, along with van Persie (of course) and Rosicky. Eboue may well start despite his antics at the weekend.
As for Milan, the starlet (and I use that word sparingly) Pato is fit again, while they are facing something of an injury crisis is goal, with both Dida and Kalac potentially out. I suspect Kalac will be fit in time. Otherwise, they are at full strength and hungry.
This could be a corker.