Milan is at the top of the Italian league with 20 points, coming from 6 wins and two draws, as it seeks to achieve success at the European level as well, but that will not be easy when it comes to Lille, seeking to repeat its historic victory in the San Siro (3-0).
Milan suffered a surprise defeat at the time against Lille, the biggest European defeat for the Rossoneri ever in San Siro, which makes Stefano Pioli, who was enlivened by an important local victory over Napoli (3-1), trying hard to restore respect.
Lille occupies the top spot in the French League, in addition to the top of Group H of the European League
For his part, Lille occupies the top spot in the French League, in addition to the top of Group H of the European League. An excellent season for Christophe Galtier’s men, as they face a real test against Milan-Pioli in today’s match. Returning to the trio of French side Reynildo, Jose Fonte and Burac Yilmaz, who were all suspended after the victory over Lorient. Renato Sanchez is expected to be absent due to an injury he sustained while performing international duty, while full-back Zaki Chilek will continue to be absent due to a sprained ankle.
On the other hand, the visitors will have to dispense with the services of the most prominent player Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to a thigh problem that he suffered against Napoli in the domestic league, which may be a real blow in Milan’s attempt to maintain the remarkable results during the next few weeks. In addition to Ibra, striker Rafael Liao is also scheduled to be absent, which means that Ante Rebic will lead the team’s offensive line.
Tottenham X Ludogorets
In another match, English club Tottenham welcome Ludogorets in an attempt to consolidate the lead and get closer to qualifying. The match will be played today at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (22:00 Beirut time).
Tottenham has reappeared on the local and European football map. The club, whose successes were limited to some historically distant milestones, has today become a force to be reckoned with, with Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese coach. The latter managed to build a strong system that is currently at the forefront of the English Premier League, and is in the process of achieving a European victory that increases the team’s chances of qualifying for the next round.
Tottenham are currently leading the group with six points from a possible nine, while Ludogorets are bottom of the group with no point.
The Spurs enter the meeting euphoric with an important victory in the league over Manchester City, thanks to the “classic” technical reading of coach Jose Mourinho, where the north London team beat Manchester City-Guardiola with two clean goals, scored by the brilliant Son Heung-min and Giovanni Lo Celso. A win that extended the Spurs’ winning streak in all competitions to four games in a row.
Tottenham did not exit unscathed from their victory over Manchester City, as defender Toby Alderworld was forced out 10 minutes before the end of the match due to injury, which drains more options for Mourinho in the back line.
The Portuguese coach can make a number of changes due to the difference in level with the visiting team, so the match may see the participation of Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura, in exchange for resting Caen and Sun to face the upcoming Chelsea in the league.
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