Gigi Delneri needs to get his team back into winning form as soon as possible. Juve is losing ground in European football with passing games and missing out on Europe as the new stadium opening next season can have negative impacts. Juve’s defence has been playing quite poorly in 2011. Fielding Chiellini as left-back and having Barzagli partner Bonucci in central defence was successful initially but has failed in last 2 matches. Barzagli’s poor performances has made the defence extremely fragile and Chiellini is unable to cover for him from the flanks. There is a chance that Armand Traore or Zdenek Grygera will slot in as a left back against Milan while Chiellini moves back into central defence. Milan had suffered a slump in form in 2011, dropping points in numerous matches and losing the Champions league home leg.
They were up against second placed Napoli at San Siro last week. Allegri’s men dished out an almost perfect performance – thumping Napoli 3-0 and sending out a message to the rest of Serie A. Alessandro Pato scored a delightful chip while Ibrahimovic and Boateng also got on the scoresheet. Milan defence and Marc van Bommel also played a big part in neutralizing one of the best attacks in the peninsula. Overall it was a performance which should befit a team gunning for Scudetto glory.
Allegri is most likely to field his 4-3-1-2 with Robinho playing in the hole behind Ibrahimovic and Pato. Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva is probably the best central defensive pairing in Serie A right now. However, Milan’s weakness in full-back positions is well documented. Juve’s winger’s haven’t been playing well recently but if Krasic or Martinez does hit form in Milan game, the Rossoneri will struggle to keep them quiet on the flanks.
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