Last night's game was nothing short of a beautiful and unforgettable spectacle, a romantic rendezvous with destiny that will linger long in the hearts of the AC Milan faithful. At the San Siro, the Rossoneri triumphed over Tottenham in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
The Rossoneri faithful were left in raptures after Brahim Diaz scored the game's solitary goal in the 7th minute, sending the fans into a frenzy of cheers and chants that reverberated through the stadium. However, this was not just any win for Milan, but a moment of redemption after a period of struggle that had fans doubting their beloved team's ability to perform.
AC Milan had been under considerable pressure coming into the match, following a string of lackluster results that included a humiliating 5-2 defeat to Sassuolo and a crushing 4-0 loss against Lazio without forgetting the two bitter derby defeats. They did manage to eke out a narrow 1-0 victory against Torino, but that did little to ease the anxiety of their supporters.
During the match, a hero emerged in the form of Malick Thiaw, who, alongside Simon Kjaer and Pierre Kalulu thwarted Tottenham's Son Heung-min and Harry Kane's advances. Thiaw, making his debut in the Champions League at the tender age of 21, was an impenetrable fortress in the three-man defence. The fans witnessed a real treat as the young German showcased his defensive dexterity throughout the whole game.
AC Milan's midfield was anchored by Rade Krunic and Sandro Tonali, who provided the necessary physicality and protection for the defense. On the wings, Alexis Saelemaekers and Theo Hernandez acted as wing-backs, creating chances in attack and tracking back to support the defensive department. Upfront, Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud held the Tottenham defense at bay, preventing them from advancing and creating pressure on the Rossoneri's midfield and defense.
AC Milan's win was especially significant given the absence of key players such as Mike Maignan, Fikayo Tomori and Ismael Bennacer. It was a true masterstroke from Milan's kingmaker, Stefano Pioli, who orchestrated a tactical victory against Antonio Conte's Tottenham. The Rossoneri had not beaten an English side in the Champions League since their 4-0 win over Arsenal in the round of 16 in 2011/12.
It was simply a big night, as the Rossoneri's last appearance in the Champions League's round of 16 dates back to 2014 and now they are in it again in 2023 as they hope to be able to confirm themselves in the return fixture in London against the Lilywhites.
AC Milan, provided the spectators with an unforgettable show at the San Siro last night. The Rossoneri faithful were reminded of the beauty of the Champions League night games which can be romantic, and sometimes ruthless at the same time.