AC MILAN will play both Inter Milan and Juventus.
The annual competition continues this year. The teams will play on Friday in Bari, in Stadio San Nicola – kick off at 20:45 Italy time/CET.
As always, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus F.C. will be featuring and will play short games (45 minutes) against each other (Juventus versus Inter, Inter versus Milan, and Milan versus Juventus).
The Rossoneri lost both matches last year in the Trofeo TIM, and this time they will look to win the title again after claimed it in 2008. Milan won the Cup also in 2001 and in 2006.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side is coming off a victory but was not very impressive against Panathinaikos FC last Friday. Now they will get a major boost as Ronaldinho and Andrea Pirlo declared fit.
The 43-year-old coach will probably use a 4-3-3, with Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato on the flanks and Marco Borriello or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the middle. The midfield will probably include at least one Primavera player.
Although it is not an official tournament, the teams take it seriously, as Milan, Inter and Juventus are along with A.S. Roma, the main contenders for the title this season. Lifting the trophy would be a great moral boost.
The Nerazzurri drew once and won once last year. They won the Trofeo TIM five times before but failed to achieve it since 2007.
Rafa Benitez’s boys were not very impressive in the pre-season, despite the 3-0 victory over Manchester City. However, that draw was followed by a 3-2 defeat to Greek side Panathinaikos and 2-2 draw against FC Dallas.
Inter are expected to line-up 4-2-1-3 with Wesley Sneijder playing behind Goran Pandev/Mario Balotelli, Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o. The impressive young Coutinho will probably start in the midfield.
The Old Lady drew with Inter and beat Milan in the previous edition, and they are the current holders of the title after winning it for the first time last year.
Luigi Del Neri’s side has already started the season as they played in the Europa League, recording two victories over Shamrock Rovers. Prior to the two matches, they also beat Lyon 2-1.
Juventus spent a lot of money during this transfer window and they want to come back to the top after a disastrous season last year in which they finished in the seventh spot of the Serie A.
Former Milan man Marco Storari will be between the sticks tomorrow night, while Diego, who seems on his way out of the club, could play behind Alessandro Del Piero and Italy international Amauri.
By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog