Fiery summit between Liverpool and Milan

Milan returns this week in Champions League after a long absence, which he will launch by playing one of the strongest games of the group stage, when on Wednesday he will host Liverpool in Group B in an attempt to still dream of crowning the title.

The summit of “Anfield” brings together two teams that have lifted the cup 13 times, but as the English team has become one of the most terrifying teams in the old continent under the leadership of its German coach Jurgen Klopp, who took him to his sixth and final title in the prestigious continental competition in 2019, the Italian team will play its first match in the group stage from the 2013-2014 season, when it was eliminated from the final price at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

Milan comes to today’s match with joy and great confidence, after the excellent start in the Italian championship and the full score in the prime three stages. Milan manager Stefano Pioli, who has so far not won any major titles in his coaching career, has a promising team that has had a great development since he took over as his technical direction in 2019, which he led on Sunday. Sunday winning the summit against Lazio host with a double clean.

Asked if his team dreamed of reaching a great level in Europe, Pioli said: “We have to dream only at night, and during the day we have to work hard to make these dreams come true”.

The last eight years have been sterile for the seven-time European champion, who does not win the Scudetto in Italy for a decade, and his last title in the prestigious continental competition dates back to 2007 when Liverpool won in final in Athens. This was the last meeting between the two teams and came two years after the Reds inflicted one of the most painful defeats in AC Milan history, when they turned their backs on the star-studded Rossoneri team, with three clear goals in the first. time of the historic final of the 2005 edition. At Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, they drew 3-3 in the second before winning the title on penalties 3-2. Since then, Milan, the most successful Italian team in Europe, failed to make it through the Champions League quarter-finals and in 2019, while recovering from severe financial problems due to disastrous Chinese ownership, failed to make it through the group stage of the Europa League. group, which included Dudelange of Luxembourg, Olympiacos of Greece and Real Betis of Spain.

In a second summit, Real Madrid will be a guest of Inter in an important match for the two teams.

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Argentine star Lionel Messi will play his first match with Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League today, Wednesday, when he will be the guest of Belgian Brugge after his “free” passage from Barcelona. On Tuesday, Paris Saint-Germain announced their side that they will beat Brugge, and includes Messi (34) and Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, young striker Kylian Mbappé, who has remained with the Parisian side despite Real Madrid’s attempts. to include it before the summer market closes.

Saint-Germain are playing their easiest games on paper on Wednesday as they returned in a fiery group that includes Manchester City, champion of England and runner-up in the continental championship, as well as the German Leipzig, who meet on the ground of the former. The two matches of the first round will serve as evidence before an anticipated summit in the second, Saint-Germain and City in Paris. “He is always special (against City) because he is one of the best club of Europe, “said Argentine PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino misses Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, who has a knee injury for his country, the European champions. Verratti will miss “at least ten days”, according to Saint-Germain.

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