Wednesday February 22 2012
Thiago Silva surprised by Juventus

Milan’s Thiago Silva admits that he has been surprised by Juventus’ emergence as a Scudetto contender this season.

The two teams will meet at San Siro on Saturday with the Rossoneri one point clear of the Old Lady at the top of the table, even if the Bianconeri have a game in hand.

“To be honest, I didn’t expect Juve to be this strong,” the Brazilian told the Corriere dello Sport on Wednesday.

“The Bianconeri have illustrated that they have a squad of quality guided by a really strong Coach in Antonio Conte.

“They are doing really well, but we can beat them.”

The Italian giants have already clashed competitively on two occasions this season – with Juve winning 2-0 in the League and 2-1 at San Siro in the Italian Cup.

“We have to reduce the amount of errors we make against them,” the centre-back continued. “We’ve always made too many against Juve and that is odd.

“Juve are a dangerous side to face because they are able to score against you after each mistake you make.

“They are a really quick team on the counter-attack too and they have a different mentality to all the other sides we have faced.”

Former Milan star Andrea Pirlo could be the man that the Rossoneri will have to keep quiet this weekend.

“We have to keep an eye on everyone, not just him,” Silva continued. “Saying that, Andrea is the element of the team which their play goes through.”

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