Thursday February 23 2012
Ancelotti on Milan-Juve

Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti says he can’t predict the outcome of Saturday’s Scudetto clash between Milan and Juventus.

“It’s hard to say how it will end,” Ancelotti, who has bossed both sides, told Tuttosport in an interview on Thursday.

“Milan have some expert players, men who are used to winning these types of games. However, Juve will arrive at San Siro with great enthusiasm.”

Reigning champions Milan lead the standings given their one-point advantage over a Juve side who have a game in hand.

“Milan have maintained the same level as last season,” the former Chelsea tactician continued.

“Juventus, though, have quickly grown thanks to the work of boss Antonio Conte, the arrival of important players and the management of Andrea Agnelli.

“Enthusiasm and the new stadium has done the rest. The climate that has been created, the clear objectives and the style of football are helping every player to give even more.”

One player in particular who is helping the Juve cause is Andrea Pirlo, the Bosman summer arrival from Milan who Ancelotti knows well.

“Andrea is always the same,” the tactician noted. “Everyone hails the technical qualities of him, while his character and personality are undervalued.

“He is one of the few players who immediately understands what you tell him. Actually, a lot of the time you don’t have to say a word to him.”

As it stands, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to be suspended for the game – although an appeal may see him become available.

“If I was at Milan then I would hope to have him in the team,” Ancelotti stated. “Saying that, the Rossoneri have illustrated that they can be dangerous without the Swede.

“You play in one manner with Ibrahimovic, in another without him.”

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