Ominously for PSV Eindhoven it would appear that Andrei Shevchenko, the Milan striker, has returned to form at just the right time to finish off the Dutch club when the teams meet at the Philips Stadium in their Champions' League semi-final today.
The European Footballer of the Year scored the first goal in the first leg before Jon Dahl Tomasson sealed a 2-0 win with a last-minute goal that has given Milan the advantage.
Milan travel to Eindhoven after a 2-1 Serie A victory at Fiorentina confirmed that Shevchenko is back to full fitness. With Milan trailing 1-0 at the break the Ukrainian, who had a lengthy lay-off with a broken cheekbone, struck twice to keep Milan level with Juventus at the top of Serie A.
Milan are tryingto become only the third team to win a Serie A and Champions' League double. After the PSV game, they face Juve at San Siro on Sunday. The Dutch champions, however, are battling on three fronts and have their domestic cup final later this month when they meet local rivals Willem II Tilburg.
"We're expecting a battle in Eindhoven but we're used to those sort of games," Shevchenko said. "We want to win everything."
The Milan coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has a full squad to choose from, including the central defender Alessandro Nesta who is back after the suspension which forced him to miss the first leg. Nesta is likely to partner Jaap Stam in central defence. That would mean Paolo Maldini moving to left-back instead of the Georgian Kakha Kaladze.
The other selection problem facing Ancelotti is whether to keep two forwards or revert to a five-man midfield featuring Rui Costa. The Argentinian striker Hernan Crespo has looked below par recently, and Tomasson would be an option if Ancelotti wants to play with two strikers.
PSV's American international winger DaMarcus Beasley is out with a shin injury picked up in Friday's 2-2 draw against Twente Enschede. The full-back Andre Ooijer is suspended after a first-leg booking while the central defender Wilfred Bouma, who came off at half-time in Milan with a back injury, is doubtful, as are the strikers Jefferson Farfan and the Brazilian Robert, who have ankle problems.Reuse content