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snakies2010-05-05 09:36:44 +0000 #1
Serie A Week 19 - 10/1/10 (19.45 UK)

Juventus - Milan

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Stadio Olimpico

Which of these sides can emerge to challenge Inter for the Scudetto? That is one of the many questions waiting to be answered when Juventus and Milan collide in one of the biggest games of the season on Sunday.

On the face of it this is a fight to be the ‘anti-Inter’, but this fixture has many more layers than that.

There’s the fact that Ciro Ferrara desperately needs a result to save his own skin with Guus Hiddink reportedly ready to step into his place.

The Juve board have been the subject of protest lately, and will also face some serious scrutiny if the Bianconeri are ejected from the title race so early.

Don’t forget Milan’s hunger to assume title contender status either – they haven’t finished any higher than third since 2005.

Regardless of all this the many years of rivalry between these great clubs mean that any game at any time between the two will be fiercely competitive.

The mathematics of the situation are thus. Inter are top with 42 points, Milan second with 34 but a game in hand, Juventus third with 33.

In terms of form Milan are the clear favourites. Both teams returned from the winter break and won, but whereas the Bianconeri scraped a fortuitous three points in Parma thanks to an own goal the Rossoneri turned a tricky looking fixture against Genoa into a romp.

They were simply breathtaking at times going forward, and could even afford to miss a penalty in the 5-2 win. With Marco Borriello and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both netting on Wednesday, David Beckham having returned on loan, Ronaldinho in form and youngsters Luca Antonini and Ignazio Abate impressing at full back, Milan have more options across the field than they have had for some time.

Juventus pulled off a resounding victory in this fixture last season. Goals from Alessandro Del Piero, Giorgio Chiellini and Amauri with a brace gave them a 4-2 win at a drenched Stadio Olimpico.

The onus will be on Amauri again in the absence of the injured Vincenzo Iaquinta and David Trezeguet. With these strikers out Ferrara is likely to rely on the 4-4-1-1 system again, meaning his job rests to a large extent on the performance of struggling trequarista Diego.

Gigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi and Momo Sissoko(African Cup of Nations) are also unavailable.

Milan’s Alexandre Pato, Massimo Oddo, Gianluca Zambrotta and Clarence Seedorf are struggling with injuries.

Keep an eye on: Marco Borriello (Milan) – All eyes will be on Beckham of course, although the man his crosses are most likely to find is in fine form also. Borriello was magnificent against Genoa and may have an Azzurri recall in mind.

Last five in Serie A: Juventus (L W L L W) Milan (W W W L W)

Last season: Juventus 4-2 Milan

Juventus (probable): Manninger; Grygera, Cannavaro, Chiellini, Grosso; Salihamidzic, Felipe Melo, Poulsen, Marchisio; Diego, Amauri

Milan (probable): Dida; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Gattuso, Ambrosini, Pirlo; Beckham, Borriello, Ronaldinho

Ref: To follow...


A(Bosancero)2010-05-05 09:39:07 +0000 #2
I say draw for both teams, I think it will be a very even game.
snakies2010-05-05 09:48:50 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by A(Bosnacero)

I say draw for both teams, I think it will be a very even game.

well i disagree, its painfully obvious juventus are playing like crap and i dont see that changing against milan, i say we are gonna lose this one and i cant say i wouldnt mind. i hope a loss here brings around the change needed. hopefully this is the last straw for ferrara
A(Bosancero)2010-05-05 10:48:54 +0000 #4
Juventus destroyed last game, so I don't think they will let this game be lost as they want the points to catch up to Inter, Milan however can get closer and closer to inter as they have an extra game to play. I still think Juventus will somehow pull of a draw.
TM87_Maniac2010-05-05 10:53:02 +0000 #5
Forza Juveee
snakies2010-05-05 11:26:23 +0000 #6
i hope juve can win, i really do, but i just dont see it happening. ferrara has absolutely no clue what hes doing and its gonna show against a milan side firing on all cylinders. our players are lost on the field and its all thanks to ferrara who has no identity as a coach
snakies2010-05-05 12:18:59 +0000 #7
AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has suggested Juventus are feeling the pressure more than the Rossoneri this season, following their big summer spending.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match, when Milan will travel to Turin to face Juve, the Italian international told Sky Italia, “Perhaps their recruitment drive has added a little pressure on them, because people expect more, because of all the money they have spent.”

The Bianconeri spent over €40 million on midfield duo Diego from Werder Bremen and Felipe Melo from Serie A rivals Fiorentina, while Milan's only real signing of financial note was Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

Nesta went on to say that he felt the Rossoneri have recovered from their shaky start to the season and recent results have proved what a good side they are.

"After a so-so start,” he said, “we proved that this team is still competitive."

Finally, the defender affirmed the importance of Sunday’s encounter, "It could be the most important, because if we win we take points from Juventus...”

Milan currently sit second in Serie A, one point ahead of Juve with a game in hand.

couldnt agree more, pressure is on us and its probably gonna get to us. oh well
snakies2010-05-05 12:49:21 +0000 #8
Ferrara: 'Milan are in better shape'

Saturday 9 January, 2010

Ciro Ferrara admits Milan “are in better shape” going into Sunday’s showdown, as Juventus have a decimated squad.

The two giants go head-to-head in a direct battle for second place – and the right to stay in the Scudetto race – in a game you can watch LIVE on ESPN from 19.45 GMT.

“These are the matches where we need to be capable and also limit Milan’s technical gifts,” warned the Coach.

“I wouldn’t talk about this as a Final, as whenever I used that term it tended to go wrong. It is a world class encounter, very intense and it’ll be great for anyone to be a part of it.

“We’re almost on level terms in the table, but while we had a stronger start, Milan are in better shape now.”

Both sides have numerous injury woes, as Alexandre Pato, Clarence Seedorf and Gianluca Zambrotta are out for the Rossoneri.

Juve miss David Trezeguet, Sebastian Giovinco, Gianluigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Momo Sissoko and the suspended Martin Caceres.

The club loaned out Lorenzo Ariaudo, Tiago Mendes and Cristian Molinaro this week, so there are only 19 players in the squad, including Tiago who will only join Atletico Madrid from Monday.

“We are covered in defence, but will be bringing in a new midfielder. As for Alessandro Del Piero, I spoke to him very clearly and he can’t be happy at not getting much playing time, but he seemed relaxed. He’s behaving like a professional and a captain.”

Ferrara is under fire, but took time to joke about rumours Guus Hiddink is ready to replace him.

“So far I’ve heard transfer talk of Juventus bringing in a Dutchman to regenerate the squad,” he grinned.

He is the among the youngest Coaches in Serie A along with Leonardo and praised his colleague. “I am happy for Leo and he deserves all the success he is enjoying right now.

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