03 March 2020
The first leg of the Italian Cup semi-final saw Milan and Juventus play a 1-1 draw, where, in the final minutes of the game, Ronaldo converted a penalty from eleven meters to secure an important away goal.
Juventus' time spent on the field saw them amass a greater ball possession than their opponents (62.5% against Milan's 37.5%), a higher passing precision (Bianconeri 89.3% against 83.2% of Rossoneri), as well as greater territorial advantage (55% against 45%).
Despite this data, Milan has become more dangerous as they have increased the amount of times they shoot at goal, and they are playing more verticals forward with great precision.
In the match at San Siro, AC Milan caused trouble for the Old Lady (as seen above): Kjaer played a long-ball up field, bypassing Juventus' midfield. Ibrahimovic headed it down towards Rebić who immediately attacked the depth and he went face-to-face with Buffon. The Juventus goalkeeper manages to close down the space and pulled off a great save.
For the return match in Turin, the Bianconeri will be bouyed by the fact that Milan will be missing some important players; among them is Zlatan Ibrahimović, whose presence on the pitch is often essential, along with Calhanoglu in midfield and the in-form Theo Hernandez, who was sent off in the match at San Siro.