Thursday February 23 2012
Lippi opts for Milan duo

Milan have more accomplished centre-backs than Juventus despite what the stats say this season, insists Marcello Lippi.

The Old Lady have conceded just 14 goals in 23 games, while the Diavolo have been pierced on 21 occasions in 24 League matches.

However, ahead of Saturday’s Scudetto clash at San Siro, Italy’s 2006 World Cup winning Coach would rather have Milan’s central defenders in his side than the stoppers from Turin.

“Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta have something more than Juventus’ centre-backs at this moment in time,” Lippi told Sky Sport Italia.

Nesta is back in training and could replace Philippe Mexes, alongside Silva, in the starting XI for this weekend’s clash.

Juve, meanwhile, are set to keep faith with a three-man defence consisting of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

Lippi won five Scudetti with Juventus during two separate spells with the Italian giants.