Mi­lan derby in the lime­light

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

AC MI­LAN and In­ter Mi­lan meet late on Sun­day in a city derby loaded with ex­pec­ta­tions as both clubs nav­i­gate through ma­jor tran­si­tions.

In­ter have just hired new boss Ste­fano Pi­oli, who re­joins the Serie A fray af­ter Lazio sacked him last sea­son, while Mi­lan are about to change owner af­ter three decades un­der Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni.

Pi­oli prob­a­bly wished him­self a softer de­but af­ter tak­ing over from Frank de Boer and had lit­tle time to get to know the team as most play­ers were busy in the past in­ter­na­tional week­end.

A fur­ther slip-up af­ter De Boer’s five de­feats could se­ri­ously harm the Ner­az­zurri’s prospects in their first sea­son un­der new Chi­nese own­ers, the Sun­ing Hold­ings Group.

They cur­rently sit ninth on 17 points from 12 games; their gap from lead­ers Ju­ven­tus is 13 points, with five sep­a­rat­ing them from the Euro­pean places.

Anx­i­ety is lower at the Devils, sit­ting third on 25 points, de­spite a mod­est 1915 goal dif­fer­ence. They sit one point be­hind Roma, who on 29 goals have the best at­tack and with 12 con­ceded the sec­ond best de­fence be­hind Juve.

Coach Vin­cenzo Mon­tella may miss de­fender Alessio Ro­mag­noli, a 21-year-old injured dur­ing Italy’s 0-0 draw in Tues­day’s friendly with Ger­many.

Ju­ven­tus, mean­while, ex­pect lit­tle trou­ble from pro­moted vis­i­tors Pescara late to­mor­row, while Roma risk los­ing ground the fol­low­ing af­ter­noon away to in-form Ata­lanta.

The Berg­amo side drew one and won six of their last seven out­ings, de­feat­ing Napoli and In­ter; they sit fifth on 22 points, trail­ing Lazio on goal dif­fer­ence.

Napoli (21) slumped to sev­enth and have strik­ers Arka­diusz Mi­lik and Manolo Gab­bia­dini un­avail­able away to Udi­nese to­mor­row.

In re­main­ing ac­tion, Chievo and Cagliari open the 13th round to­mor­row, with Lazio vs Genoa, Cro­tone vs Torino, Em­poli vs Fiorentina, Sam­p­do­ria vs Sas­suolo and Bologna vs Palermo played on Sun­day. – dpa

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