Sunday December 30 2012
Amelia: Juve will have ups and downs

Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia has claimed that his side have a genuine chance of upsetting the odds and winning this season's Scudetto.

The Rossoneri currently sit in seventh place, 17 points adrift of League leaders Juventus, but the 30-year-old shot-stopper is confident that the team can contend with the Bianconeri at the top.

“[Coach Massimiliano] Allegri has not forgotten what happened last year,” he told Tuttosport.

“Two months ago [a title challenge] looked like a mirage, but we will have more consistency than our rivals.

“Juve are a good team but they will have ups and downs, that's for sure.”

He also commented on the progress of Stephan El Shaarawy and the likelihood of Mario Balotelli joining the club in January.

“If a player has certain qualities, he will emerge. Stephan has shown he has quality. I knew him at Genoa, and to tell you the truth, he was even faster than he is now.

“But now he has strengthened and can battle with opponents. He is showing his skills and his taking responsibility.

“I do not know what will happen with Mario,” he added. “As a friend and companion, I would like Robinho and Pato to stay.

“But with Mario, I do not know him very well.

“I think he has come to a particular moment in his life and perhaps it may be best for him that he comes back to Milan.

“This is an environment that allows a certain type of behaviour and I'm sure he is willing to prove himself to be a great player.”

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