Milan vs Juventus

Posted on November 30, 2007. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

So Milan and Juventus will square off this weekend in what is usually a much anticipated match up. Unfortunately the season is far from nearing crunch time and Milan are well off the pace at the moment anyway, so it won’t be as decisive a match as it usually is. Milan is sitting in 9th place with 17 points while their Turin rivals are only 3 points behind Inter on 25 (although Inter have a game in hand). The outcome will be important for Juventus but not so much for AC Milan who could end up doing their city-rivals a favour if they win.

Buffon has stated that he is confident Juventus can beat Milan and spoke out about Milan’s inability to win at home this season. Seedorf believes that Juventus will play a more open game than the smaller teams which tend to close up the back and prevent many scoring chances. I think that Milan will have their work cut out for them as Juve is in fine form and has proven many who said they would not be competitive this season wrong. With a focus only on the league, they do not have to be careful about which players to use and which to rest.

In terms of injuries, Milan may not have Seedorf’s services after he picked up an ankle injury against Benfica in the champions league. Camoranesi is a doubt for the match after muscle fatigue during training, he had returned from a long spell on the side lines but Ranieri insists that he will not use him unless he is one hundred percent. Ronaldo is also out after injuring his calf during his warm up on the sidelines for the match against Benfica. He played well during Cagliari but it looks like his injury woes will continue again. It’s a shame because I’m sure he wanted to pay Juventus back for the way they cheated Inter in 1998. A match that more than likely cost Inter the Scudetto of that year.

Have a look at the footage and decide for yourself, a clear and definite penalty denied at one end and a soft one given at the other within seconds. At least Juve have cleaned their act up since then.

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