Battle Of The Fallen: Milan vs Juventus

AC Milan vs Juventus
Italian Serie A
San Siro, Milan
Saturday, 30 October 2010
18:45 GMT 

This weekend Milan will play host to Serie A rivals Juventus. Not so long ago a match between these two heavyweights of Italian football would feature some of the best players in the world. Juventus were forever the dominant force in Serie A, whilst Milan excelled on the European stage. Nowadays, neither Milan nor Juventus are enjoying the success they once did. But both clubs are definitely showing signs of intent to regain past glories.

Juventus, in particular, seem to be implementing a shrewd strategic approach as they attempt to build a great side. In step with the tradition of the club, the decision-makers for Old Lady are building their team around a core of mainly Italian players. Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Alberto Aquiliani and Claudio Marchisio are four of the best of the current crop of Italian players who provide the foundation of Luigi Del Neri’s Juventus.  Felipe Melo and Momo Sissoko add steel to the Juve midfield, whilst Fabio Quagliarella leads the attack alongside either Vincenzo Iaquinta or Brazilian Amauri. 

However, there can be no doubt on who is the new star man for the Bianconeri, Milos Krasic. He has been an absolute revelation for Juventus since joining from CSKA Moscow. In just eight appearances the young Serbian international has already scored three goals whilst providing five assists. Undoubtedly Juventus main attacking threat but it is most unfortunate for the neutral and for Juventus in particular, that he will miss this game due to his controversial suspension. 

Of course, Milos Krasic’s absence is Milan’s gain. Considering how weak Milan are in both full back positions, highlighted by Ronaldo and Di Maria last week in the Champions League, the Serbian’s absence will come as a relief to Milan and  coach Max Allegri. In comparison to Juventus, Milan is taking a very different approach in their attempts to rebuild their squad. Grave weaknesses that have existed in the side for sometime continue to be neglected, one just wonders whether the club is actually intent on building a better or just sliding backwards.

Anyone who knows of or witnessed the great success of Milan during the late 1980s would be well aware that in club President Silvio Berlusconi, Milan have a man that is capable of building great squad. Yet, as for now, the club seemed somewhat without direction at times and a number of signings in recent years have been peculiar if not downright strange. Nevertheless, the summer signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho indicated their ambition and intent to challenge their city rivals, Internazionale.

This weekend’s clash between these two former great Italian clubs will provide some insight into how far both clubs have progressed this season. Any Serie A fan or football fan in general will be hoping that these two sleeping or fallen giants will wake up and become a force to reckon with, in Italy and Europe once again.

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