Capello 'ex­pects great things from Ron­aldo' against Mi­lan

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MI­LAN - Fabio Capello ex­pects Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to light up Ju­ven­tus' clash with AC Mi­lan in Serie A this week­end.

The two old Ital­ian gi­ants meet this evening after un­der­go­ing dif­fer­ent starts to the 2018-19 cam­paign.

Juve are top of the league and un­beaten, win­ning 10 games and draw­ing one, while Mi­lan are fourth, hav­ing won six games and lost two, as well as draw­ing three, of their open­ing 11 matches.

Ron­aldo has played a ma­jor role in Juve's suc­cess thus far, scor­ing seven goals and pro­vid­ing five as­sists in just 10 out­ings, and Capello, who has played for and man­aged both sides, ex­pects the Por­tuguese to make a ma­jor im­pact on the en­counter. “I ex­pect great things from the most anx­iously-awaited player: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo," he told Tutto-Juve, per Foot­ball Italia. Juve lost in Europe in mid­week, as they fell to a late 2-1 de­feat to Manch­ester United.

Capello, though, be­lieves the Bian­coneri are the favourites, de­spite the de­feat, though he ad­mits that for­mer Juve striker Gon­zalo Higuain could be his ex-em­ployer's un­do­ing. Higuain has scored five goals in Serie A this sea­son, and re­cently claimed that he was forced out by Juve to make way for Ron­aldo.

"De­spite that de­feat, Ju­ven­tus ar­rive at San Siro in great shape and I don’t see any par­tic­u­lar prob­lems within Max Al­le­gri’s team,” Capello added. “It’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing game in so many ways. The Bian­coneri have had a few more days to rest and are t he favourites for the vic­tory. “Mi­lan have some play­ers who can cause prob­lems for Juve, in par­tic­u­lar Suso and Gon­zalo Higuain if he re­cov­ers in time.

“How­ever, the big­gest is­sue is not how much pres­sure Mi­lan could put on Ju­ven­tus, but rather Juve’s own con­cen­tra­tion lev­els at San Siro.”

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