Monday February 20 2012
Marotta: Juve are the underdogs

Milan will be favourites in Saturday’s Scudetto showdown with Juventus, says Bianconeri official Beppe Marotta.

The two teams meet at the San Siro with the Rossoneri currently sitting at the top of the table thanks to a one-point lead over the Old Lady – who have a game in hand.

“Milan will start the tie as favourites,” director general Marotta stated on Monday afternoon.

“They are the reigning Italian champions and are one of the eight strongest sides in the European game.

“Nevertheless, we are proud of what we have managed to achieve in these years in order to become competitive again.”

As it stands, Milan are set to be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic given that he was banned for three Serie A games.

However, the San Siro giants have appealed against his suspension and he could be back in time for the weekend.

“I won’t try to predict whether Ibrahimovic will be eligible or not,” Marotta continued. “I haven’t seen the appeal documents so I can’t comment on it.”