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In a major Serie A clash that seemed to go unnoticed last night, old rivals AC Milan and Juventus battled for the right to take control in the ongoing title race in Italian soccer’s top division. In the end, after a fierce battle, it was the Old Woman who managed to walk away with a vital 3-1 victory for the San Siro.
The Chiesa effect
It may not always have been seen as the answer to Juventus problems, but Federicio Chiesa is really proving his worth right now in the Juventus first team. In addition to scoring the two goals that gave Juve the lead in this game, Chiesa has also scored four goals in his last five games. Everyone knew he was a useful player, but he goes beyond that title, to the point where he is the main driving force behind this revival of the title.
Milan reality check
Without the Zlatan Ibrahimovic talisman, it would always be difficult for AC Milan to win this match, but they were still favorites and probably should have fought harder than they did. Fortunately for their fans, they still reside at the top of the Serie A table, courtesy of their rivals Inter Milan, who lost to Sampdoria, and that should be a big wake-up call for them. This league is relentless and if they aren’t careful they could end up running out of contention.
Is Juve still on the hunt?
Right now, Juventus are still priced 2/1 with 888sport to win the Serie A championship for the 10th year in a row, placing them as second favorites behind Inter Milan and ahead of AC Milan. That doesn’t mean fans should get too carried away because a win isn’t a sufficient indication that they’re going to make it all the way, but they do have a game in hand that could get them four points off the leaders. The potential legacy of winning 10 titles in a row could be huge, but like Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, there is still a lot of work to do.
AC Milan: Donnarumma (6), Hernandez (6.5), Romagnoli (6), Kjaer (6.5), Dalot (6.5), Kessie (6.5), Calabria (7.5), Hauge (6), Calhanoglu (7.5), Castillejo (6.5), Leao (7), Colombo (6), Kyatengwa (6), Diaz (6), Maldini (6.5), Conti (6.5)
Juventus: Szczesny (8.5), Danilo (6.5), Bonucci (7), de Ligt (7), Frabotta (6.5), Chiesa (8.5), Rabiot (7), Bentancur (7), Ramsey (6.5), Dybala (8) , Ronaldo (7.5), McKennie (7.5), Demiral (6), Kulusevski (7.5), Bernardeschi (6.5), Arthur (6)
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati
Goals: Calabria :: Chiesa x2, McKennie
Yellow cards: Romagnoli, Danilo, Bentancur
Red cards: REACH