Saturday, 4 February 2012

European Match of the Weekend



Defending Serie A champions Milan host Napoli on Saturday in what promises to be one of the most exciting matches of the season in Italy.
When these two sides - who are both in the knockout phase of the Champions League - met at the Stadio San Paolo back in September, Napoli striker Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick as the Partenopei won 3-1.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri hopes that his players learned a vital lesson from their midweek defeat at Lazio, which leaves them a point behind unbeaten leaders Juventus who have a game in hand.
"We played a terrible game against a team that did not allow us much," Allegri said. "I believe the defeat can do us good and help us to grow.
"Lately, despite winning, we haven't had the same grit that we need to win the Scudetto. This is why I believe the defeat can be healthy."
This match boasts two of Serie A's top-scoring strikers. Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 15 in the league this season while Cavani has 12. Only Udinese's Antonio Di Natale has netted more than that pair.

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