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5 things to know about the Italian league
MILAN (AP) - Juventus hosts Torino in a derby match on Sunday with the league leader looking to extend its impressive home form. Torino is also in good form but has not triumphed in the derby since 1995.
Elsewhere, AC Milan will be hoping to recover from Champions League disappointment at Sampdoria.
Roma and Napoli will be hoping to keep up the pressure on Juventus when they play Bologna and Genoa respectively.
Here are five things to know about the Italian league this weekend:
AC Milan may have lost the first leg of its Champions League last 16 tie against Atletico Madrid but it will be boosted by its best performance of the season.
Milan hit the woodwork three times and dominated against the Spanish joint league leader before going down to a late Diego Costa header on Wednesday.
Clarence Seedorf will be hoping Milan can start putting on similar displays in the league, starting with Sunday’s trip to Sampdoria.
Seedorf is sweating on the fitness of Mario Balotelli. The Italy forward went off clutching his shoulder 12 minutes from time.
“What a great but unlucky Milan yesterday,” Balotelli wrote on twitter on Thursday. “But very well done lads. Hope everything is gonna be ok with my shoulder!”
Milan is already without Stephan El Shaarawy, Valter Birsa, Robinho, Bryan Cristante and Cristian Zapata, who are all injured. Defender Mattia De Sciglio is also a doubt after he had to be substituted early on against Atletico following a crunching challenge.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUDI
Roma coach Rudi Garcia turned 50 on Thursday and marked the occasion with the release of his autobiography, entitled “All roads lead to Rome.”
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