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Saturday March 5 2011
Pato in doubt for Juventus start

Alexandre Pato is in doubt for tonight's Juventus-Milan match, as he is suffering from flu symptoms.

The Brazilian hitman was expected to start at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin at 19.45 UK time.

However, reports suggest Pato is struggling with flu symptoms and running a temperature, so is not at his best.

It is possible he could be rested ahead of the Champions League trip to face Tottenham, so Antonio Cassano is next in line.

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Saturday March 5 2011
Milan and Inter prepare Pepe proposal

Milan and Inter are gearing up for a proposal after rumours filtered through Pepe has refused to renew his contract with Real Madrid.

The Portuguese centre-back has long been a target for Serie A sides, but is now on the market for the summer.

He is in negotiations with Real to extend the contract that expires in June 2012 and requested a salary that matches teammates Mezut Ozil and Karim Benzema.

Instead, the Spanish club have offered €3.5m per season and it's reported the 28-year-old rejected this proposal.

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Saturday March 5 2011
Line-ups: Cassano-Ibra in Turin

Alexandre Pato is out of tonight's showdown due to a flu virus, so Antonio Cassano, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Zlatan Ibrahimovic face Juventus.

Pato has reportedly gone back to Milan along with Massimo Oddo, as both are running a temperature.

The Brazilian was set to start, but has instead been replaced by Cassano to complete the trident with Boateng and former Juventus striker Ibrahimovic.

As Cassano is cup-tied, this formation rests Robinho for Wednesday's Champions League trip to Tottenham.

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Saturday March 5 2011
Rino celebrates end of goal drought

Gennaro Gattuso was overjoyed at his first goal in three years to sink Juventus, “but there's a long, hard road ahead of us towards the Scudetto.”

The gritty midfielder hadn't hit the back of the net since January 1998, but got the only goal in Turin this evening.

“The goal is very important, but there's a long, hard road ahead of us towards the Scudetto,” he told Sky Italia television.

“We are now eight points ahead of Inter again, but tomorrow evening I'm sure it'll be five points.

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Saturday March 5 2011
Allegri: 'We should've finished it off'

Massimiliano Allegri was not entirely happy with Milan's performance in Turin. “We should've finished off the game sooner.”

The Rossoneri are running away at the top of the table after a 1-0 victory against Juventus, secured by Gennaro Gattuso.

“I think this is our second solid performance after the one against Napoli, although last week we were more incisive in attack,” said the Coach.

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Friday March 4 2011
Ibra: I am no talisman

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he would never like to be considered a talisman like Francesco Totti or Alessandro Del Piero.

The Sweden international left Inter in the summer of 2009 only to controversially return to Italy with Milan at the end of last season.

Interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ibrahimovic said: "I wouldn't like to be a talisman.

"It's better to change rather than stay at a club for a long time because you learn through changing and a great player must be decisive in many clubs.

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Friday March 4 2011
Milan open soccer school in Japan

Milan have become the first Italian club to open a soccer school in Japan with a view to sourcing young talent.

It's well documented that the Asian market offers massive commercial opportunities for the world's biggest football clubs.

Hidetoshi Nakata's arrival at Perugia in 1998 blazed a trail for the likes of Yuto Nagatomo [pictured] who joined Inter in January.

Milan are following the example set by Barcelona and Valencia who have already set up academies in Japan.

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Friday March 4 2011
Astori: I have time for Milan

Cagliari defender Davide Astori insists that time is on his side and a move to Milan doesn't necessarily have to happen right away.

The 24-year-old has long been on Milan's radar and there was talk of a transfer taking place when the window opened in January.

Astori is co-owned by Cagliari and Milan, and both apparently want to buy him outright, so a battle is expected at the end of the season.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "Massimo Cellino and Adriano Galliani will decide.

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Friday March 4 2011
Allegri: Juve are a wounded animal

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has warned his players that Juventus are a wounded animal.

The two sides are set to meet on Saturday in one of Serie A's most eagerly anticipated fixtures.

"When there are 11 games left, every game can be the most important," Allegri said.

"But tomorrow, the game is worth a lot to us in that it's key for the Scudetto. It's worth a lot to them in that's it important to close in on the Champions League places.

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Friday March 4 2011
Moggi announces Juve comeback

Disgraced former director Luciano Moggi has confirmed he'll be in the stands for Juventus-Milan, ending a five-year absence.

The figure at the centre of the Calciopoli trial has not attended a Bianconeri game since May 7, 2006, in a fixture against Palermo.

However, he told Chiambretti Night television programme that he had bought a ticket and will watch Juve-Milan on Saturday evening with friends.

It fuels already existing rumours that Moggi is preparing a shock comeback to the Juventus Board of Directors.

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