AC Milan Champions League hang on thread, wrong something clear
AC Milan's chances of advancing to the knockout phase of the Champions League are hanging by a thread.
AC Milan's hopes of advancing to the knockout phase of the Champions League took a major hit after their 3-1 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Now, their chances are hanging by a thread and they need to win away to Newcastle United while hoping for a Dortmund victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
The entire Champions League campaign for Milan has been filled with near-misses and might-have-beens, and the game against Dortmund was no different. They missed multiple opportunities to score and were unable to convert chances into goals.
One of the turning points in the game was Christian Pulisic's goal-bound finish being deflected into the back of Dortmund's net. Milan also faced a series of injuries, leaving them with a depleted squad and forced to field young and inexperienced players.
Despite the misfortunes, Milan's lack of goals in their first three group games raises concerns about their attacking prowess. While Olivier Giroud has been impressive, the absence of a reliable alternative and a playmaker in midfield has left them vulnerable.
In the long run, Milan's investment in youth and their proactive style of play will benefit them. However, in the short run of the Champions League group phase, results matter more than performances. Milan's fate now hangs on their ability to secure a crucial away victory and hope for favorable outcomes in other matches.