‘No-one will be able to win us back’: Juve to take Milan to the Champions League
The Bianconeri will not be able avenge the 1-0 defeat at Lazio last season and Milan will have to be more clinical to win the Scudetto, if they want to keep their title challenge alive.
Juve will face their biggest test yet in a Champions League group with Napoli, Roma and Inter.
Juventus had been tipped to reach the group stage for the first time in their history, having secured a third-place finish in Serie A this term, but their struggles in Serie B have seen them fall short of the top four.
Milan, meanwhile, have been on a roll in the Europa League after beating Sevilla on aggregate, while Inter are yet to lose in the competition.
Inter will be looking for a fifth consecutive win after losing 3-1 at home to AC Milan on Tuesday, with Juve looking to bounce back after the defeat to Lazio.
The Bianconeras will look to extend their lead in the Champions Leagues with an away game against Napoli.
Milan, who have won the previous five games, will also look to stay within striking distance if they can beat Inter.
Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte has made two changes to the starting line-up, with Leonardo Bonucci coming into the side as the starting centre-back, while Ivan Perisic is replaced in the right-back spot by the veteran Stefano Mauri.
Mauri was the man who provided the first Serie A goal for Antonio Conmejo, the Milanista manager, in the 6-0 win over Sassuolo on Tuesday night, and Conte is confident he will do the same again in this clash.
Juose’s best chance of getting a second-half lead came when Simone Zaza scored the opener against Lazio in the 56th minute, but he will be without compatriot Andrea Pirlo, who was also injured against Lazios.
Conte has not yet revealed the identity of Pirli’s replacement, but his former team-mate Andrea Barzagli is being recalled for the trip to Milan.
Juventino has made three changes to his starting XI, with Conte having made two new midfielders.
Zaza has been named in the starting lineup alongside Conte’s former team mate, Andrea Povolini, while the Argentine is to start in the centre-half position alongside Alessandro Nesta.
Zaza scored twice in his first Champions League start and the 26-year-old is in line to start his third Serie A game.
Juve have had more shots than any other team in the league this season, and they are on track to score three or more goals this season for the very first time.
Napoli have only lost once this season and Juve’s home game against Roma is not expected to be the easiest for the Giallorossi to overcome.
Juventino’s side are also without the services of Alessandro Florenzi, who is away on international duty, while Marco Verratti is still nursing a groin problem.
Inter, who had lost five of their six previous Serie A games, are without the injured Stefano Macheda, who has been out since December with a calf injury.
Zola and Alessandro Del Piero will be out of action for the next three weeks, while Matteo Bonucci is doubtful.