Former Juventus legend and current Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli gives his views on tonight's “Last Chance Saloon” with Milan.
“At this moment it's a lot easier for Milan than Juventus. For the Bianconeri it is the Last Chance Saloon, not just for European qualification, but also in terms of confidence,” he told TuttoMercatoWeb.
“The season isn't over yet and Juve's current form is down to many injuries and poor transfer decisions, made both in the summer and in January. They need to begin again and I hope, for the sake of Juventus, that tonight a new campaign can start.
“When the injuries occurred, it all collapses unless you have players of the right character. I have trouble spotting these men at Juventus right now.”
The Turin giants beat Inter only a few weeks ago, but followed that result up with back-to-back defeats against Lecce and Bologna.
“They probably find motivation against the big clubs that they cannot muster with smaller sides. I think it's a psychological issue, although it could also be physical, as the minnows tend to work a lot harder.”
Tardelli is working as assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni on the Ireland bench, but is keeping a close eye on Serie A.
“Milan targeted the Scudetto from the start, even if originally I thought Inter would be the favourites. The Rossoneri are having a great season and when you win, it prompts you to play better football.
“We'll see what will happen in the Champions League against Tottenham, as failure to go through to the next round could have a negative effect on the campaign.”
Spurs won 1-0 at San Siro in the first leg and welcome Milan to White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening.