Saturday February 25 2012
Aquilani: 'Milan stronger than Juve'

Alberto Aquilani assures “Milan are stronger than Juventus, but we have to prove it on the pitch” in tonight’s Scudetto showdown.

The midfielder has played for both clubs and is injured for this game, but spoke to the Gazzetta dello Sport on the fixture.

“What do I envy Juve? Just their unbeaten record. There are many talents in their squad, but I’d point out Claudio Marchisio, who is very strong and we have a good rapport.

“I hope Alexandre Pato will be the decisive man for Milan, as he has enormous capabilities, but due to injury this season he hasn’t yet expressed himself at his best.

“I think Milan are stronger than Juventus, but we have to prove it on the pitch,” continued Aquilani.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic also misses out, as an appeal against his three-match ban for slapping Napoli’s Salvatore Aronica was rejected.

“A three-game suspension was too much, especially as there was no equal treatment for Aronica. Having said that, we didn’t get too worried about losing Zlatan, as we did well even without him.

“This is not a decisive match for the Scudetto, because there are so many rounds left to go, but it can be a turning point for the season.

“I thought Juventus would be in the title race, as they invested so much in recent years, but I didn’t expect them to be unbeaten in February. Antonio Conte has given them solid organisation, but it’s the players who make the difference.”

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