Juventus cruise to victory over Milan in Turin with a Vidal penalty. Didn't see about 80 minutes of the match so can't comment on performance, but from what I've heard, Conte's use of the 3-5-1-1, with Mirko up top is paying off. Really the formation they should have taken to Munich but w/e. Also, Fiorentina's victory means they go within a point of Milan and CL football. Would absolutely love to see la Viola in Europe.
There was also, unfortunately, some racial abuse directed to Boateng and I think Balotelli too, despite him not playing, for which the club will probably be fined.
(Original post by robocop1andahalf)
Not really. I can see Milan flopping in the Champ League and fluke win over Barcelona notwithstanding, they did very little this year and got a less in the Nou Camp. Juventus are a much safer option and I have always been a Juve hater! And if Napoli keep Cavani they can go far - if. This mediocre Rossineri team can piss off.
Tbh, no one expects Milan to go and win the Champions League anytime soon anyway. They never flop in Europe, ala Man City, and pretty much always seem to make it out of the group stage regardless of any negative situations occuring behind the scenes. Of course Juventus are the safer option, they've slowly been building a winning squad over the past 2-3 seasons and with the addition of a coach like Conte, are seeing the fruits of their labour. Milan are in that building phase at the moment, having recently lost pretty much the entire old guard and their two best players from last season. The difference between Milan and Inter/Roma is that the new players have been given time to develop and form an understanding with each other (De Sciglio, El Shaarawy down the left etc) by a coach that's willing, and able to get results out of them.
You can't expect a 'mediocre' Milan to flop and then go on to say that Napoli can go far if they keep Cavani, when, besides Cavani and Hamsik, they are an infinitely more mediocre team, and you've mentioned it yourself, that's a really big if. Not mentioning Insigne here, because although there's, deservedly, really high hopes of him, we just don't know if he'd be able to replicate this at the highest of levels (probably can).
I'd say given their start to the season, you could say that Milan's current position is nothing short of a miracle but that's pretty much all down to good management of youth, some smart acquisitions that are living up to their expectations and a fighting spirit that Allegri has drilled into these players.