Written By Onyeka Daniel
Over the weekend, Inter Milan dispatched their city rivals, AC Milan in the Derby Della Madonnina, beating the Rossoneri 5-1 to maintain their lead at the top of the table with 4 wins from 4 games.
Up next, they will be facing Spanish side, Real Sociedad in the UCL on Wednesday and will be hoping to continue their fine run in the tournament and they’ve now been assigned a referee from England to handle the game.
Premier League referee Michael Oliver will be in charge of Wednesday’s Champions League group stage clash between the two sides and this was confirmed by UEFA, who have also named Stuart Atwell and Ivan Bebek as the VAR team for the match.
The role of the fourth official, meanwhile, will fall to another Englishman, Andrew Madley. In the VAR booth, Premier League referee Stuart Atwell will oversee the Champions League group stage match.
Assisting Atwell in his duties will be Croatian referee Ivan Bebek. Last season, Inter’s group stage saw them face the “group of death.” Their group contained Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as well as Viktoria Plzen. This season, Inter’s group doesn’t quite contain the same kind of giants.
However, the Nerazzurri certainly won’t want to underestimate any of Real Sociedad, Red Bull Salzburg, or Benfica. Still they reached the final of the competition, losing to Manchester City in Turkey early this year, and they will be hoping to at least get to the same stage or even go one step further by winning the trophy this time around.
To do that, the journey starts on Wednesday at the San Sebastian stadium against a Sociedad team that lost to Real Madrid over the weekend. It was a memorable season in Europe for Inter. In the knockout stages, they eliminated Porto, Benfica, and city rivals AC Milan to reach the final against Manchester City.
That final ended in heartbreak for the Nerazzurri, as they lost 0-1 to City, missing several good chances to get back into the match. And now, Inter will be hoping for a similarly memorable season in the Champions League.
AC Milan on the other hand were handed a tough group stage draw, landing in the group of death that includes PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United.
After losing to Inter in the Serie A, the Rossoneri will be preparing to face Newcastle United in the UCL and they’ve been boosted by the return of one of their former player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
He left the club at the end of last season and three months later and the Swede is now back, flying in to give them a boost after the 5-1 hammering by Inter Milan, and ahead of facing Newcastle United on Tuesday night. Milan resumed training today and the players were surprised when Ibrahimovic turned up.
He has no official position, but Stefano Pioli could use a player like him right now. The Milan manager was forced to play Olivier Giroud (who himself turns 37 in 12 days time) on Saturday even though he was carrying an ankle injury from the international break with France and wasn’t fully fit.
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