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Milan and Juventus “the awaited derby” – Al-Ittihad newspaper

Milan (AFP)

The attention of Italian football fans is focused on the “anticipated derby” between Milan and its guest, Juventus, on Sunday, in the twenty-third stage of the Italian Football League, amid a frantic race for the title of “Serie A”.
The side of luck, the defending champion and leader of the standings, after a negative draw against Atalanta in the previous stage, after a controversial loss to its direct chaser, Milan, against Spezia 1-2, with a fatal goal by Ghanaian Emmanuel Gyasi in the sixth minute of stoppage time for the second half.
The “Nerasori” maintained the lead with 50 points from 21 games, compared to 48 for AC Milan from 22, while Napoli is in third place, trailing by 4 points.
The referee deprived Milan of the Brazilian Junior Messis goal in overtime, after he did not give him an advantage after calculating a mistake in the middle of the field, before the guest snatched the three points.
The match referee, Marco Serra, and the Italian Referees Association apologized for the error, but the loss was mathematically costly for the Rossoneri, as it deprived him of the lead.
Inter, Milan and Napoli clubs realize that any “minus pedal” from now on will be costly, in light of a heated title race that other teams may join at any moment.
Fifth-placed Juventus with 41 points, led by returning coach Massimiliano Allegri, has the opportunity to approach the top four, in a confrontation that has always been breathtaking between the two Italian giants.
Milan and Juventus are among the most winning teams in the league title in history, as the first won 18 times, compared to 36 for the second.
The “Old Lady” team is experiencing a recovery period after a disastrous start, as it lost once in the last 11 matches in various competitions, which were against Inter in the local Super Cup final, while its last loss in the Italian League is against Atalanta 0-1 on November 27, to achieve After that, eight consecutive victories in “Serie A”.
Juventus will play the match in light of the uncertainty about the future of Paulo Dybala, whose contract expires at the end of the current season, as the media indicate that the Argentine international has been waiting since October to sign a new contract with a salary of eight million euros annually, in addition to two million euros in bonuses amid high interest from the The arch-rival Inter to win his services.
Dybala expressed his displeasure in the face of club officials when he opened the scoring against Udinese last Saturday, and instead of celebrating, he made a move that seemed as if he had tried and failed to “find a friend”, in a crowd of 5,000 people in the stands of “Allianz Stadium”, after the decision to limit attendance. masses due to COVID-19.
Dybala is at his best, as he also scored in the middle of the week against Sampdoria in the local cup final, “Juventus won 4-1”, scoring his third goal in five matches since the beginning of the new year.
Stefano Pioli’s team is aware that losing to Juventus will keep it five points away from Inter in the event of the latter’s victory, and without forgetting that the “Nerasori” has less game, and that is a week before facing the two poles of Milan in a crucial meeting.
The loss will also put Milan in danger of relegating to third place, with Napoli chasing it.
Inter, leaders in the standings, are looking forward to regaining the tone of victories when they host Venezia on Saturday.
Doubts swirl about holding the match, after Venezia announced, Thursday, the discovery of 10 new cases of the Corona virus among its players and administrators.
And the number of people infected with “Covid-19” in Venezia rose to 14, without the club specifying the number of positive cases among the players, of whom the minimum must be met in order for the match to take place.
Under a new protocol adopted in Serie A, matches will be postponed if more than 35 percent of the team’s 25 players, or nine players, have tested positive.
In the event of the match, coach Simone Inzaghi’s team will be required to come out with the three points to establish its feet in the first place, and wait for its opponents to stumble to move away in the lead.
Napoli is also looking to tighten the noose around the two poles of Milan when it faces Salernitana on Sunday in a match that is also doubtful due to the series of HIV infections at the second.
The stage witnesses a confrontation between Atalanta fourth, with one match less, and Lazio eighth.
Atalanta hopes not to repeat the same scenario against the other pole of the capital, Rome, when it lost to it in the nineteenth stage with a score of 1-4, especially if it wants to continue its quest to qualify for the Champions League competition again.
As for Lazio, they aspire to snatch the three points, hoping to strengthen their aspiring position to qualify for the Champions League or the European League “European League”.

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