AC Milan vs Inter lineups, starting 11, team news for Champions League semifinal first leg
AC Milan vs Inter lineups, starting 11, team news for Champions League semifinal first leg
AC Milan vs Inter: Team news for Champions League semifinal first leg

The semifinal of this year's UEFA Champions League sees two city rivals from Italy lock horns, with AC Milan and Inter facing each other for just the fifth time in the European competition's history.

The winner of this tie will meet either Real Madrid or Manchester City in the final in Istanbul, with the Serie A side likely to be made huge underdogs.

Neither Milan club has covered themselves in glory in the Italian league this season, with Napoli —who were dumped out of the Champions League in the previous round by the Rossoneri — winning the Scudetto by a big margin.

The Sporting News previews the first leg at San Siro and looks at the team news for both Milan clubs going into the tie.

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AC Milan vs Inter live stream, TV channel

The first Milan derby will be available to watch across all the major territories and should make for fascinating viewing for the neutrals, as fourth in Serie A take on fifth.

Both sides have performed above expectations in this year's Champions League and will be keen to go that one step further, all the way to the final.

  TV channel Streaming
Australia Stan Sport
Canada DAZN
Hong Kong beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect
India - JioTV, Sony LIV
Malaysia beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, sooka
New Zealand Spark Sport
Singapore beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, StarHubTV+
UK BT Sport 1 BT Sport site/app
USA CBS, Univision, TUDN Fubo, Paramount+, ViX+, TUDN app/website

AC Milan vs Inter lineups

AC Milan are still concerned about the fitness of Rafael Leao ahead of the first leg, with the Portuguese winger missing training on Tuesday before the Wednesday evening kickoff as he battles a groin injury.

For Inter, it's all eyes on Romelu Lukaku and whether his recent improved form will earn a start from Nerazzurri boss Simone Inzaghi at the San Siro.

AC Milan starting 11

(4-5-1): Maignan (GK) — Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez — Saelemaekers, Tonali, Krunic, Bennacer, Brahim Diaz — Giroud

  • Doubtful: Leao, Pobega
  • Suspended: None

Alexis Saelemaekers and Ante Rebic are both options to start on the left flank if Leao is sidelined with his groin issue. Former Manchester City and Real Madrid ace Brahim Diaz looks likely to start ahead of Junior Messias on the right, or perhaps Milan boss Stefan Pioli could switch Diaz to the left.

The only other Milan injury concern is over central midfielder Tommaso Pobega who is likely to miss out.

❌ Rafael Leão

🇮🇹 AC Milan squad in training ahead of facing their rivals Inter Milan in the Champions League semi-final

— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 9, 2023

Inter Milan starting 11

(3-5-2): Onana (GK) — Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni — Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco — Martinez, Lukaku

  • Injured: Skriniar, Gosens
  • Suspended: None

Lukaku is competing with Edin Dzeko for a spot up front for Inter, who will be without key defenders Milan Skriniar and Robin Gosens due to injury. Danilo D'Ambrosio may return to fitness to take a spot in the matchday squad.

Lautaro Martinez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the sure-fire starters in attacking positions for Inter, who look set to retain their wing-back system against Milan.

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