Serie A Week 19 - 16/1/04 (20.30) Cagliari-Juventus
Gianfranco Zola takes on the auld enemy as Juventus come to visit on-form Cagliari in a tough test of their Scudetto credentials.
Zola has had many a battle with the Bianconeri over the course of his career, as Parma and Juve challenged for the Scudetto, UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia during the 1990’s. Now he represents his homeland and will be a key figure in this encounter, even if the veteran has been repeatedly substituted by Coach Daniele Arrigoni. It is a situation Alessandro Del Piero can sympathise with, as he has been replaced 17 times in 18 official games this season.
Cagliari’s home form has been key to their success, both in Serie B and now that they have returned to the top flight, with 20 of their total 25 points picked up at the Stadio Sant’Elia. The only team to have conquered Sardinia so far has been Milan in Week 6, so Fabio Capello has his work cut out for him.
The Turin giants may have been crowned the Winter Champions a round early thanks to Milan’s slip in Sicily, but the 4-2 victory over troubled Livorno highlighted growing problems in defence and especially midfield, where Manuele Blasi was sorely missed. It’s hoped the ex-Perugia man can be fit enough to start this tie, as the pace of Antonio Langella and Mauro Esposito can be deadly.
Zalayeta and Trezeguet both played 90 minutes against Atalanta so Del Piero and Ibrahimovic should resume their partnership on Sunday. It'll be interesting to see who Capello starts next to Emerson in central midfield and how DP will respond to the return of Trez.
Atalanta - Siena Sun
Brescia - Fiorentina Sat
Cagliari - Juventus Sun
Chievo - Roma Sun
Lazio - Palermo Sun
Livorno - Messina Sun Milan - Udinese Sun
Parma - Lecce Sun
Reggina - Inter Sat
Sampdoria - Bologna Sun
Milan will host Udinese, this is gonna be great game, hope Udinese to draw atleast.
i am sure instead of complaning that Capello always subs a certain attacker everymatch before, most people will urge Capello to continue that policy now that Del Piero will only get playing time from the bench
yeah, Forza Udinese! they have a great team and I'm sure they can do somthing in San Siro.
Meanwhile, we shouldn't count on Udine's performance but concentrate on this match.
There are no easy matches in SeriA, and certainly not this one. Our most important players were rested, so they have no excuse. The Atalanta game is already forgotten, and the Trez comeback (and his goal) will boost our confidence. Now there's a real competition in front between DP Zlatan and Trez, they know they have to perform in every match to play the next one.