Both Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan have a serious power gap in the midfield and goal. The only thing you can trust is the attacking team.

The first leg of the round of 16 of the 2022-2023 European Football Federation Champions League (UCL) will be held at San Siro in Milan, Italy at 5 am on the 15th (Korean time). Due to injuries and discipline, many key players are missing, especially the gap between the goalkeeper and midfielder positions.

Both teams’ main goalkeepers were confirmed to be absent. Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Milan’s Mike Menang are missing. It is a serious blow to both the weight and skill in the team. The two players are senior and junior in the French national team, and it has often been evaluated that Menyang has surpassed Lloris in recent skills. It is similar to the fact that substitute players are unreliable. Milan appoints Ciprian Terushanu instead of Menang, who has been missing since the end of last year, but his power has declined in both build-up and save. Tottenham played one game after the departure of Lloris, and suffered a 1-4 defeat to Leicester City, which was at the bottom of the league. Fraser Foster took 4 out of 7 opponent shots on target.

The midfield is also in a state of being destroyed by each other. Tottenham have lost all three of their main midfielders. With third-choice midfielder Yves Bisuma already gone, starting star Rodrigo Bentancur suffered a knee injury and was forced to miss the rest of the season. Pierre-Emil Hoivier, who is like coach Antonio Conte’s alter ego, cannot play as he has accumulated three warnings in the group stage.

Tottenham’s only remaining reliable midfielder is Oliver Skip. That partner is a problem, and he has to choose between promoting youngster Pape Sar or original midfielder centre-back Eric Dier. ‘Whoscored’ predicts that Dyer will be deployed forward and Clement Lenglet will replace him in defence. Dyer was the main defensive midfielder under coach Maurizio Pochettino, but his tactics are different from then, and he is being criticized for his lack of mobility, so there is great anxiety. 바카라

As for Milan, their best defensive midfielder, Ismail Benasser, is unlikely to recover from injury. There is no problem with Italy national team midfielder Sandro Tonali’s physical condition, but the anxiety factor is that he has recently shown a decline in performance, perhaps because of the overall sluggishness of the team. Tonali’s partner is likely multiplayer Rade Krunic. Milan also has vacancies in the defensive line, including starting center back Fikayo Tomori and rotation members side defenders Alessandro Florenci and Sergino Dest. Introducing a three-back in the void, one of the candidate center backs Mateo Gavia and Malik Chiau must be put in as a starter.

The only thing you can trust each other is the attacking duo. Just as Tottenham hopes for Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Milan hopes for Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leão. At the time of the ‘2022 World Cup in Qatar’, Giroud, who was active as the main striker in France at the age of 36, is also active this season with 7 goals and 4 assists in the league and 4 goals and 2 assists in the UCL. Leão, who was the Italian Serie A MVP last season, recorded 8 goals and 5 assists in the league and 1 goal and 2 assists in the UCL.

However, in the case of Leang, he did not play much during the recent period of Milan’s losing streak, and rather, he was replaced in the match against Sassuolo, which lost 2-5, and against Inter Milan, which was defeated by rivals. Manager Stefano Pioli has said Leão is exhausted. In other words, Tottenham has Son Heung-min, the top scorer, whose performance has deteriorated compared to last season, and Milan also has MVP Leang, whose performance has declined. Of the two, the team that saves the left winger is closer to victory.

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