Milan (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus headed for Serie A leader AC Milan on Wednesday with little room for error to win the 10th consecutive Serie A title.
Andrea Pirlo’s team is 10 points behind undefeated Milan, and the number of games is low.
Inter Milan has a chance to play against Sampdoria on the mid-tableside, lurking one point behind its rivals.
“For Juventus, it’s neither decisive nor the passage of the baton,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli insisted.
“Juventus has won the title nine times in the past and is not far behind us.”
However, if you don’t score 3 points, it will put a heavy burden on Pirlo’s team, who is currently in 5th place.
In a style clash between Milan and the champion, who have relied heavily on Ronaldo this season, the Portuguese scored 14 out of 29 goals, including six braces.
Juventus, 35, has been struggling to win without appearing three times in Crotone, Hellas Verona and Benevento.
Juventus will also feature defender Alex Sandro, who tested positive for the coronavirus, without injuring forward Alvaro Morata, the second best scorer after Ronaldo.
Milan remained solid despite losing top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had been injured since late November, with a 5-2 draw in his absence.
The 39-year-old Swede scored 10 goals in 6 games before addressing muscle issues.
Thirteen different players have scored in Milan since the beginning of the season, compared to just eight in Juventus, including Ibrahimovic.
Pirlo revealed that the club was “a little short” among the strikers and was considering bringing in additional forwards during the transfer period.
The young team in Milan has been leveraged by Ibrahimovic’s return to Lombardy a year ago and has promised to deliver his last victory in 2011, the Scudetto.
Since March, Milan has been undefeated in the league, winning 2-0 in Benevento despite beating a man for an hour on Sunday.
“It’s too early. We’ll check the rankings in April and understand where we can get there,” Pioli continued.
“In my opinion, Juventus, Inter and Naples are the strongest teams in Serie A. We have to keep going our way.”
The high-scoring Inter will go to Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria for the ninth straight victory.
However, after defeating Crotone 6-2 on Sunday and injuring his thigh, top scorer Romelu Lukaku remains uncertain.
Six points behind Inter, Rome in third place moves to Crotone at the bottom of the rock. Naples is two points away from the capital and is ahead of the match against Spezia.
Sassuolo is aiming to regain the path to victory over 19th place Genoa, and Atalanta is hosting Parma struggling to close the three-point gap between them and the Champions League location. I will.
9th place Lazio Host Fiorentina is 14th and is anxious to stay in touch with European spots after a very inconsistent season so far.
Notable: Rafael Leão
AC Milan forward Rafael Leão will face fellow Portuguese Ronaldo in San Siro.
The 21-year-old was in good shape in the absence of Ibrahimovic, scoring the fastest goal in Serie A history just six seconds before Christmas and striking from a tight angle on Sunday.
“Rapha is a player with great potential and super quality. I have high expectations for him,” said Pioli of U21 International, who won the net 11 times in 49 games in Milan.
Intel goals in 40-15 games
27th – AC Milan undefeated league match
17 – AC Milan scored at least 2 consecutive Serie A games
8 – Cagliari’s victorious run
4 – Milan players with at least four goals this season — Ibrahimovic, Theo Hernandez, Leo, Franck Kessié
3 – Juventus Away wins seven league games
Equipment (always GMT)
Caliari v Benevento (1130), Sassuolo v Genoa, Crotone v Rome, Lazio v Fiorentina, Turin v Hellas Verona, Sampdoria v Inter Milan, Bologna v Udinese, Atalanta v Palma (all 1400), Naples v Spezia (1700), AC Milan v Juventos (1945)
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