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Monday October 31 2011
Matri sees Milan in pole position

Juventus may be top of the League, but Alessandro Matri has labelled Milan as favourites for the Italian championship.

Matri's Juve maintained top spot in the Division at the weekend with a 2-1 victory at Internazionale. Milan are fourth, two points behind.

"Milan are the champions, they have great players and that is why they are still the favourites for the title," the striker told Studio Sport.

"We just have to concentrate on finishing the campaign in the best position possible. We'll have to wait and see what happens."

Juve are the only unbeaten side in the championship, but Matri has warned fans that they'll face another big test next weekend.

"Things are going well and we want to continue on this path," added the former Cagliari man. "But we have a very important game at Napoli coming up.

"The fact that Napoli are playing in Europe and we aren't could be an advantage for us on a physical level, but there are certain games where motivation helps to get rid of fatigue."

Matri has netted four goals in eight appearances so far as new boss Antonio Conte has used a variety of formations – 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1 and 4-3-3.

"The Coach is keeping us focused," the international said. "We are working on various formations which allow us to change mid-game.

"We're working hard to give our very best in training and in the matches themselves."

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