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Juve can stretch early Serie A lead over rivals with win over Chievo

Champions can stretch early lead over Inter and Milan with win against modest Chievo

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 10:47pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 3:14am
AFP

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Serie A champions Juventus will look to add to the domestic woes of their title challengers when they host Chievo hoping to extend their unbeaten streak to 43 matches today.

Although Juve are one of four teams to hold 100 per cent records after three league games, their most likely title challengers – Inter Milan and AC Milan – are playing catch-up, and Milan are already in crisis mode.

Anything less than victory over Chievo, who lost twice since an opening day win against Bologna, would be surprise.

It is widely expected that Juventus will defend their Serie A title with relative ease, and some sections of the Italian media are already talking of a Champions League-Serie A double.

Goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon was quick to play down that speculation, however.

“It would be presumptuous to think about that midway through September,” he said.

 AC Milan’s worst start to the season in over 80 years – and continued doubts over coach Massimiliano Allegri – could dominate this weekend.

With only one win in three league games and having failed to win in three home appearances at the San Siro Allegri’s time could soon be up.

The man who led Milan to a league and Super Cup double in 2011 has so far been given the backing of Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani.

“The faith we have in Allegri won’t come to an end on Sunday in Udine,” said Galliani.

A clash, which reportedly turned nasty, with former striker Filippo Inzaghi – now the club’s youth coach – has only served to highlight existing tensions at the club.

 
 
 
 

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