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    Serie A Roma - Milan

    Serie A Week 30 - 31/3/07 (19.30 UK)
    Roma - Milan

    Stadio Olimpico

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    Both Roma and Milan may have one eye on Europe but there’s still a tense battle in prospect as they clash at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening.

    Roma’s task for the rest of the League season is to tread water in second place. With Inter now 18 points clear at the top, the Scudetto has long been a pipe dream and the priority is to ensure that their nine-point lead over third-placed city rivals Lazio stays intact.

    While that doesn’t appear too demanding an objective, the Giallorossi won’t want to see the gap shrink before the Rome derby in Week 34 as defeat would ensure a nail-biting end to the season. Luciano Spalletti’s main worry here must be breaking down a tight Milan defence after his side were unable to rupture 10-man Fiorentina in Week 29’s stalemate.

    Milan are running out of time in their bid to snatch a Champions League spot. Starting with an eight-point staggered start, the Rossoneri have clawed their way to within four points of the all-important final qualification spot but cannot afford any slip-ups now if they are to overhaul Palermo and fend off Empoli who are snapping at their heels.

    Under-fire Carlo Ancelotti watched with relief as his side beat Atalanta 1-0 in Week 29 to help wash away the bitter memory of the derby defeat. However, despite a 15-game unbeaten run prior to the loss against Inter, a fifth-placed finish and the loss of Milan bragging rights will make for a miserable season unless Ancelotti can inspire a sprint finish to the campaign.

    Roma upset Milan at the San Siro in Week 11 for the first time in 20 years thanks to a wonderful Francesco Totti brace. This time around a tight game looks likely – Roma have only conceded seven goals at the Olimpico all term and Milan have the best away defence in Serie A having only been breached 12 times. The pace may be affected by some tired legs with several players having played for the Azzurri against Scotland in mid-week. Both sides also have Champions League encounters to look forward to next week.

    Spalletti has a strong squad but cannot call upon Matteo Ferrari who has a hip problem or long-term absentees Alberto Aquilani and Gilberto Martinez. Both Mirko Vucinic and Francesco Tavano are likely to start on the bench with Totti employed as a lone striker.

    Milan’s recent selection problems are fading. Paolo Maldini is 50-50 with a knee injury and Kakha Kaladze will miss out, but Alessandro Nesta returns and Andrea Pirlo is available after serving a suspension. Daniele Bonera, who was dropped from the Italy squad to face Scotland, sits out once more as he has a one-match ban. Frustration continues to mount for Alberto Gilardino and Pippo Inzaghi who look set to warm the bench again with the Brazilian pair of Ronaldo and Ricardo Oliveira starting.

    Man on fire: Simone Perrotta (Roma) – Has more than earned his Azzurri place in recent weeks. Having scored against Udinese in Week 28, only the brilliance of Sebastian Frey prevented him from being the hero against Fiorentina.

    Last season: Roma 1-0 Milan

    Form guide: Roma (W D D W D) Milan (W D W L W)


    Roma (probable): Doni; Panucci, Mexes, Chivu, Tonetto; De Rossi, Pizarro, Taddei, Perrotta, Mancini; Totti

    Milan (probable): Dida; Oddo, Nesta, Simic, Jankulovski; Gattuso, Pirlo, Ambrosini, Kaka; Ronaldo, Oliveira

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    If Ambrosini, Rino and Pirlo faces the dynamic Roma midfield then it will be a definite loss to us.. They are paceless, can't dribble.. One can make passes, one can head the ball.. Is this a midfield or what?

    Disgrace really.. De Rossi and Pizarro can do everything a footballer needs.. They run, dribble, pass, tackle, shoot..

    I just wonder when will Gourcuff get more playing time, I'm afraid he'd ask for a move unless the idiot coach gets his a$s out of Milan..

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    well i read...somewhere Gourcuff will be sent back to france on loan, as for the above statement Yass, you know its crying out for a late Ambrosini headed winner

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    i also think that besides roma having a competent midfield, they are just a dynamic side, with there usual inconsistencys to challenge inter all season, they are a very dynamic attacking side with players like Taddei and mancini

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    I fear a loss in this one will end our chances for a 4th spot. It is really a must win for us no matter what Carlo and Galliani say.
    in un mese hai perso moglie,tifosi e kakà,papi vendi la società

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    Indeed this will be a very very very important game.

    the season is coming to an end we have to take all points and secure the fourth position

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    you guys are right, roma midd. will kill ours. i hope his channel4.com line-up predictions arent true.
    but carlo , as usual will keep up playing with 4-4-1-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew View Post
    well i read...somewhere Gourcuff will be sent back to france on loan
    I really hope that's not true

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