Champions League Group Stage • AC Milan vs. GNK Dinamo Zagreb: Surprise Attack

Milan are hosting surprise Champions League Group E leaders Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday at the San Siro. The Croatian side won their match against Chelsea on match day one, which puts them ahead of Milan and Salzburg, who finished with a 1-1 draw last week. Now they are coming for Milan, who are struggling to have enough healthy bodies in attack themselves. Dinamo won by surprising Chelsea with a single goal on a quick counter attack, but that was in their house. Milan will have their fans to support them, and Pioli may have just enough to be able to to put together a surprise attack.

Leão will be even more motivated for this one
(Milan are wearing the Fondazione Milan logo on their backs for every UCL match to celebrate 20 years of giving back)

Dinamo Zagreb come into this Champions League season having won the Croatian League last season, as well as the Croatian Super Cup. Beating Chelsea last week was probably as good as winning the whole group stage for them, but with it being only their first game, they are probably more motivated than ever to secure a spot in the knockout rounds. 

On Saturday, Dinamo defeated 9th place HNK Gorica 1-0. Dinamo are undefeated in their league this season, and in fact have only lost one match this season at all: a Champions League qualifying match away to our friends in the arctic circle, Bodø Glimt. For their match against Chelsea last week, manager Ante Čačić lined up: Livaković; Ristovski, Šutalo, Perić; Mišić; Moharrami, Ivanušec, Ademi, Ljubičić; Petković, and Oršić. As of this writing, it appears that he will have a full squad at his disposal.

Oršić surprised Chelsea, can Milan keep he and Dinamo quiet?

Pioli's team sheet is on fire, with Divock Origi the latest to be ruled out for this match and upcoming matches due to a recurring condition flaring up. He is added to the list of Ibrahimović, Florenzi, and our own Croatian, Rebić, who are all out injured, leaving us incredibly limited up front. Reports are that Krunić may actually be available again for this one. At least Leão, who was ridiculously sent off on Saturday for two yellow cards, should be available for this one.

After being so rudely introduced to the Champions League last year by some refereeing that ended in suspension, Pioli actually had good things to say about the referees in Europe compared to the comedy of errors that was Serie A this weekend. Hopefully, that bodes well for us on Wednesday night. Battling against the referees would be just too much to bear after this weekend's nightmare. Especially when we are already preparing for Dinamo's surprise attack.

This post inspired by the music of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five"

Our next match is 
Champions League Group Stage
AC Milan vs. GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Wednesday, September 14 • 18:45 CEST (12:45pm EDT)
This match can be streamed LIVE on Paramount+

UEFA Youth League
AC Milan Primavera vs. GNK Dinamo Zagreb U19
Wednesday, September 14 • 14:30 CEST (8:30am EDT)
This match is NOT being shown in the U.S.

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