Page 1 of 13 1234511 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 103

Thread: Ac Milan V Juventus

  1. #1
    Senior Member artan's Avatar
    Joined
    Dec 2003
    Location
    United States of America
    Posts
    7,232

    Serie A Ac Milan V Juventus

    Milan - Juventus

    Stadio Meazza

    It’s practically a play-off for second place and therefore the ability to say this season has not been a total failure.

    Both sides will end the campaign empty-handed – as Inter boss Jose Mourinho has been at pains to point out – as it’s very unlikely Milan will be able to close the seven-point gap at the top in four rounds. Juventus were the principle challengers for the Scudetto until a sensational collapse that has seen them go seven games without victory amid in-fighting, transfer gossip and even talk of a caretaker Coach to replace Claudio Ranieri should this fixture end in an embarrassing defeat.

    It would be sweet revenge for the Rossoneri, who were effectively ruled out of the title race by a 4-2 loss in Turin earlier this season. Former Juve star Gianluca Zambrotta was sent off in that game after 65 minutes while Amauri netted twice, but perhaps more importantly Kaka was out injured.

    “We simply cannot do without Kaka,” confessed Carlo Ancelotti after the Brazilian’s recent return to full fitness coincided with a run of seven wins from eight games. “You can see how important he is to the side.” The Ballon d’Or winner has scored four goals in his last three matches and inspired many more.

    Yet he is not the real form player for Milan right now, as that title belongs to SuperPippo Inzaghi with an astounding 11 goals from eight rounds. It is always a special occasion for him to face his former club and with the team in this form, it’s no wonder Ronaldinho has been left on the bench for the last month.

    Alexander Pato is still recovering from injury, but his pace could be a very useful asset against the decimated Juve defence. Carlo Ancelotti could stick with the Christmas Tree formation and Clarence Seedorf, who has an excellent record against the Bianconeri.

    These teams have been beset by injuries this season and the list still includes Gennaro Gattuso, Marco Borriello, Alessandro Nesta, Kakha Kaladze, Christian Abbiati and Luca Antonini on one side, Momo Sissoko, Hasan Salihamidzic, Albin Ekdal, Dario Knezevic, Claudio Marchisio and Zdenek Grygera on the other.

    Juventus have two other problems to contend with, as Pavel Nedved and Olof Mellberg are suspended for this tie after picking up yellow cards. Nicola Legrottaglie and Giorgio Chiellini hope to recover from their niggles in time to take the centre-back slots and Jonathan Zebina could be the choice to fill out the defence.

    Ranieri is hanging by a thread and this week general manager Jean-Claude Blanc would only back his tactician by urging “unity for the next four games, then we’ll see.” The Coach is regularly insulted by fans and there was a reported locker-room row with Mauro Camoranesi at half-time against Lecce. Gianluigi Buffon stormed out after just three minutes and spent the break wandering by himself around the pitch, spotted muttering the phrase “I can’t take this any more.”

    There are rumours Buffon will request a transfer in the summer with Milan first in line to snap him up, having come so close to getting the goalkeeper in 2006. He certainly can’t be happy at conceding 11 goals in the last five Serie A games, as Juve haven’t kept a clean sheet since the Turin derby on March 7 and have shown an alarming tendency to let in stoppage-time efforts.

    If the Camoranesi report is true, then he could be shelved for this big game in favour of Marco Marchionni with Sebastian Giovinco possibly taken out of storage to replace Nedved on the left. Alessandro Del Piero was also substituted at half-time and has had a distracting week with the birth of daughter Dorotea on Tuesday, but Il Capitano will partner either Amauri or Vincenzo Iaquinta. It looks as if David Trezeguet’s agent calling for “respect” from the Coach will be in vain.

    Recent years have been very even at San Siro with all three results in the editions preceding this one. Last term it may have ended goalless, but the goalkeepers performed heroics to keep it that way. Juve’s happiest memory of this stadium is on May 8 2005, when David Trezeguet’s header secured the Scudetto in a 1-0 victory. There is another more burning result as they conquered the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 6-1 in April 1997.

    Keep an eye on: Pippo Inzaghi (Milan) – The former Juventus striker has a better scoring rate than players a decade his junior and hopes to continue that streak of 11 goals in eight games against his old teammates and an already nervous Bianconeri defence.

    Last season: Milan 0-0 Juventus

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

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Milan (probable): Dida; Zambrotta, Maldini, Favalli, Jankulovski; Beckham, Pirlo, Ambrosini; Kaka, Pato; Inzaghi

    Juventus (probable): Buffon; Zebina, Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Molinaro; Marchionni, Zanetti, Poulsen, Giovinco; Amauri, Del Piero

  2. #2
    Senior Member Dario's Avatar
    Joined
    Jul 2006
    Location
    london
    Posts
    2,049

    Default

    Very tough game. I think it will be a draw but there is also a chance we lose... Juve have something to prove with Ranieri's job on the line

  3. #3
    Senior Member artan's Avatar
    Joined
    Dec 2003
    Location
    United States of America
    Posts
    7,232

    Default

    it will be either 0-0 or 4-1, 5-1 for us. We have problems at the back but Juve are even worse. This is a chance to pay the Old Lady back for the defeat 1996 as Juve thrashed us 6-1 at San Siro. This is the weakest Juve since then and a great chance for us to pay back for the humbling a decade ago.

  4. #4
    Registered User Haroon's Avatar
    Joined
    May 2003
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    12,240

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by artan View Post
    This is the weakest Juve since then and a great chance for us to pay back for the humbling a decade ago.
    That means we will be very sucky to drop points in this match. Juve cause us problems historically home and away. I will gladly take a 1-0 win even against this low on confidence Juve side.

    A match against Juve and only 3 replies (including this one) in a thread so far. It just tells you how far we have fallen and how much work is needed to get back on top.

    Being second in this league is worse off than being second in La Liga right now and mind you La Liga is a shitty league with no competitive teams to challenge Barcelona!

    Our real assessment will be next season when we play in Europe. That will reveal how much work needs to be done for Milan to become competitive.
    ___________________


    M I L A N

    Riferimento d'Europa
    ___________________

  5. #5
    Senior Member Dario's Avatar
    Joined
    Jul 2006
    Location
    london
    Posts
    2,049

    Default

    Underestimate Juve at your peril... They might not be a great team but they have been ahead of us for most of this season and they pissed on us in Turin.

    PS Milan will never score 6 because once we are 3 goals ahead, Carlo typically decides its safe to introduce Sheva!
    Last edited by Dario; 8th May 2009 at 21:11.

  6. #6
    Qaká 22 Qasá's Avatar
    Joined
    Jan 2002
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,761

    Default

    Sheva is always good against Juve. I say let him play.
    You can love many women...but only ONE football club!!!

    FORZA MILAN!

  7. #7
    Senior Member Dario's Avatar
    Joined
    Jul 2006
    Location
    london
    Posts
    2,049

    Default

    Sheva WAS always good against Juve. I wanted Sheva to come back to Milan but so far this is not the same Sheva we all loved.

  8. #8
    Registered User Haroon's Avatar
    Joined
    May 2003
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    12,240

    Default

    Just play Seedorf. He will score! One goal has Seedorf's name written all over it!

    This is the best time to experiment with our possible formations, strategy, style and players who have a future with this team. It is useless to waste time over Shevchoker or even Ronaldinho for that matter as I don't see these guys in our long term FRUITFUL plans. Both of them need to be sold in a Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal to Manchester Shitty, Fenerbahce, Real San Jose or whoever! Who cares as long as we get the money!
    ___________________


    M I L A N

    Riferimento d'Europa
    ___________________

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •