- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

MILAN (AP) - Two-time defending champion Juventus will be looking to provisionally extend its lead at the top of the table to 11 points when it visits Lazio on Saturday. Second-placed Roma travels to Hellas Verona the following day.

At the other end of the table there is a relegation clash between Livorno and Sassuolo.

Mid-table AC Milan travels to Cagliari in Clarence Seedorf’s third match in charge.

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AC Milan will be looking to bounce back at Cagliari on Sunday after seeing its hopes of qualifying for Europe next season all but disappear as it was eliminated from the Italian Cup.

Milan was booed off the pitch on Wednesday after losing 2-1 at home to Udinese despite Mario Balotelli’s penalty giving it an early lead.

“We have to be honest, we are very far away from the qualifying positions for Europe,” Kaka said. “The Italian Cup was much closer. It was the surest way for us.

“It is hard to figure out what happened. Everyone has to have their own reflection now, we must try to figure out what we can give to the team. Then, Clarence (Seedorf) can tell us what to do, provide us with the motivation to pick up the most points in the league and to face up in the Champions League.”

The cup match was new coach Seedorf’s first loss in charge after beating Hellas Verona in his first game.

Milan is 11th, seven points off the top five.



Juventus also has to pick itself up as it turns its attention back to the league following its Italian Cup exit to Roma.

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