01.03.2014 18:38 - in: Serie A S

    Rossoneri in the spotlight

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    Milan are defensively strong at the San Siro but have netted relatively few goals at home compared to their potency on the road, an example of which was their 2-0 win away at Sampdoria last Sunday

    Home form

    Six wins, four draws and two defeats is Milan’s overall record at the San Siro in the league this season, 22 points that put them ninth out of the 2013/14 Serie A teams in terms of home return.

    Cagliari (3-1), Sampdoria (1-0), Udinese (1-0), Atalanta (3-0), Hellas Verona (1-0) and Bologna (1-0) have all succumbed at the stadium where Juventus will be out to follow the example of Napoli and Fiorentina by snatching victory on Sunday.  

    But although the Rossoneri’s rearguard has been impressive at home -  in fact their home defensive record is the third strongest in the league - they have strangely been much less prolific at the San Siro than on the road: only 16 of their total of 39 goals have been netted in Milan.

    Last match: Sampdoria 0-2 Milan, Sunday 23 February

    Having been beaten 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League during the week, the Rossoneri steeled themselves to secure a good away win against Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris four days later, continuing their strong form under Clarence Seedorf.

    With top-scorer Mario Balotelli out injured, it was January arrivals Adel Taarabt and Adil Rami who took on the goalscoring mantle.

    The ex-QPR man poked the ball past Angelo Da Costa after his header was initially saved, and Rami then nodded into an open net with what proved to be the final goal of the game.   

    The two strikes consigned the Blucerchiati to a first home defeat under Sinisa Mihajlovic (once Seedorf’s team-mate at Sampdoria), and lifted the visitors to ninth in the Serie A table.

    "We musn't lose our calm and belief"

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