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AC Milan coach Pioli warns: Juventus still have great champions

AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli insists they're not favourites facing Juventus today.

Milan go into the game on the back of defeat at Champions League opponents Liverpool.

Pioli said, "I am pleased to meet Max Allegri again, a great coach and a very intelligent man. It was unexpected to see Juve in this situation, but I still don't think we'll be the favourites tomorrow. Juve have great champions and tradition, I hope for a balanced game. Whoever plays the best football will have a better chance of winning.

“It is an important match for both teams, a head-to-head. I expect Juve to be aggressive, but we can beat them if we play with superior concentration and intensity. We need to do better in midfield, which is what we were lacking at Anfield."

Pioli was asked if he considers Milan to be among the favourites for the Scudetto.

“We feel that we are a strong team, and prepare to win every game. We were up against a stronger side on Wednesday, that will be motivation to raise the bar even more. It's very competitive in Serie A because the top seven teams are all on a similar level and we must try to do better on the day.

“I remain convinced that the decisive factor in the final table will be who gets the most points in the head-to-heads of the top seven."


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