San Siro received ticket requests of about 26 times more than its seating capacity for AC Milan v Inter Milan UCL semifinal clash

Both teams are eager to move out of the stadium soon.


San Siro received ticket requests of about 26 times more than its seating capacity for AC Milan v Inter Milan UCL semifinal clash

AC Milan fans at the San Siro. (Credits: Front Office Sports)

The Derby della Madonnina, the historic rivalry between AC Milan and Inter Milan, is one of the most highly anticipated fixtures in Italian football. This season’s first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the San Siro was no exception, with an overwhelming number of ticket requests pouring in.

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The San Siro, the largest stadium in Italy, has a seating capacity of 76,000. However, according to reports, this match’s sheer volume of ticket requests could have filled the venue 26 times over. This amounts to 1,976,000 seats!

The demand for tickets is a testament to the passion and dedication of the fans of these two Milanese clubs. The fact that the two clubs share the same stadium only adds to the intensity of the rivalry. It is not just about bragging rights but also about securing a spot in the final of the Champions League, a competition that both clubs have won multiple times.

Inter Milan came out on top in the first leg of the semi-final, thanks to first-half goals from Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. It was a dominant display from the Nerrazzurri, who initially took control of the game. On the other hand, AC Milan struggled to create many meaningful chances and will have to step up their game if they want to overturn the deficit next week.

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Will Rafael Leao start in the second leg?

Rafael Leao celebrates AC Milan 1
Rafael Leao celebrates after his match-winning performance against Napoli. (Credits: UEFA Champions League)

AC Milan’s talismanic winger, Rafael Leao, was absent in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Inter Milan. The Rossoneri severely missed him, as they struggled to relieve pressure and had to defend wave after wave of blue shirts bombing forward, especially in the first half.

Manager Stefano Piolo rearranged the team’s structure due to Leao’s absence. Rade Krunic, Sandro Tonali, Brahim Diaz, Ismael Bennacer, and Alexis Saelemaekers started as part of a five-man midfield. Despite this, they struggled to cope with Inter’s marauding wingbacks. Rafael Leao is set to be fit for the second leg on May 16, which will be a considerable boost to Milan and its supporters.

The second leg of the semi-final promises to be another thrilling encounter, with both teams fighting tooth and nail to secure a spot in the final. The future of the San Siro, which has been the home of both clubs for over 90 years, is in jeopardy. Therefore, the match promises to be an ode to the iconic venue and a celebration of the rich history of Italian football.

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