Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi preview: Milan-Juve


AC MILAN host Juventus F.C. on Sunday night when the clock points 21:00 at Stadio San Siro.

The Rossoneri will try to win this annual tournament, which was formed by Silvio Berlusconi in the memory of his farther Luigi, as they have already beaten Juventus last weekend.

The Bianconeri’s season has already started and they will be probably resting some of their places ahead of the Europa League playoffs second leg against Sturm Graz.

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AC Milan won this trophy 11 times and they are the current holders of the title after beating Juventus 5-4 on pens, following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Massimiliano Allegri’s boys have been looking good this summer, and last week they have already defeated the Old Lady, again on pens, after 1-1 draw in the Trofeo TIM.

However, this time Milan are expected to be without the young players that featured in the pre-season friendlies such as Simone Verdi, Giacomo Beretta and Alexander Merkel, as the Primavera has a tournament.

Meanwhile Alexandre Pato is out injured and will miss tomorrow’s clash, but Alessandro Nesta will be all-fit for the game. New signing Kevin-Prince Boateng could make his first-ever appearance as a Milan player.

Unlike the Trofeo TIM, this match is played 90 minutes and in case of a draw, there is penalties shoot-out. Filippo Inzaghi is the top scorer of the tournament with seven goals, three of them are with Juventus.

Juventus won the Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi eight times, most recently in 2004 when Rubén Olivera (who currently plays for Leece – Milan’s first opponent in the league this year) scored in the 46th minute.

The Old Lady have brought a new coach and invested a lot of money in order to build a good project for this season but also for the future. Milos Krasic, Juve’s latest capture could take part in the match.

Juventus were defeated twice by the Rossoneri last season. In the last match of the Serie A, Juve lost to Milan 3-0: Luca Antonini converted first, and then Ronaldinho scored a brace.

Luigi Delneri’s boys played on Thursday in the Europa League and they won 2-1. They will play the second leg on next Thursday and therefore they could rest some of their players so they won’t get injured.

By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog

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