There will probably be no smoke billowing throughout the stadium from ultras’ flares, no followers taunting one another with chants and flags, no roars because the groups stroll out.
It’s going to nonetheless be the Milan derby, although.
A wierd ambiance at San Siro awaits on Saturday when Inter Milan hosts metropolis rival AC Milan with just one,000 followers allowed within the 80,000-seat stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There have been even some doubts final week about whether or not the derby would go forward due to rising COVID-19 circumstances in each squads.
The virus has dominated out Inter gamers Ashley Younger, Alessandro Bastoni, Milan kriniar, Radja Nainggolan, Roberto Gagliardini and Ionut Radu. Milan will probably be lacking Lo Duarte and Matteo Gabbia.
One participant who is sort of sure to be on the sector is Milan ahead Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned to coaching this week after recovering from the virus.
Former Inter and Milan ahead Christian Vieri believes Ibrahimovic will probably be stronger than ever.
“He can have damaged the treadmill day by day,” Vieri stated in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Somebody who says that COVID had a nasty concept to problem him, is mentally stronger than everybody.
“He’ll play the derby with a cigarette in his mouth, belief me.”
Ibrahimovic arrived final January and helped to show Milan’s fortunes final season with 10 objectives in 18 Serie A matches.
Milan completed sixth however the 39-year-old Ibrahimovic joked that if he had been there from the beginning of the season the Rossoneri would have gained the league. He has three objectives within the two matches he is performed this season.
“Milan is a younger workforce, nevertheless it has a primary, the veteran Ibra,” Vieri stated.
“He’ll rating greater than 20 objectives. Ibrahimovic offers you expertise which has no equal and encompasses all the pieces: Approach, imaginative and prescient of the sport, scoring objectives, making objectives, and making his workforce play higher, as a result of he raises the extent of high quality of everybody.”
Earlier than the season, Antonio Conte’s Inter facet was anticipated to mount a severe title problem, whereas for Milan simply qualifying for the Champions League can be an achievement. For now, the roles are reversed.
Milan goes into the derby on a 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions and having gained all three of its league matches with out conceding a objective.
Inter drew its final match, towards Lazio, and has already let in six objectives.
“We labored so onerous throughout lockdown, it is not by probability that we have by no means misplaced,” Milan defender Theo Hernndez stated.
“However the highway is lengthy.”
Milan has not gained a Serie A derby match since 2016, whereas Inter has gained 5 of their final six conferences within the league.
“In comparison with a 12 months in the past, we really feel lots stronger … we’re stronger, all the pieces has modified,” Hernndez stated.
“We’re calm, though we all know properly that it’s not simply any match. It is the derby.
“However now we have to play as now we have achieved till now: Working, preventing, and doing our utmost to win it. Now we’re a distinct Milan, we will do it.