Next Saturday will be a big one at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Juventus are the visitors for one of the biggest games in Serie A. A match that needs no introduction.
MILAN – Don’t make any plans for Saturday 25 February. Milan-Juventus, the biggest game of this season’s campaign. The top two teams in Italian football face off. History, tradition and much more. A game difficult to sum up with a simple article. Milan-Juventus is always something special.
It’s not always true that the winner of this game goes on to take the title. As happened last year on 30 October, the Bianconeri coached at the time by Del Neri came away from the San Siro with a 2-1 win showing that could be a team able to fight for the title. Yet while Allegri won the title in his first season in charge, Juventus failed even to qualify for the Europa League. It had been five years that Juventus hadn’t won in Milan’s stadium: The last win dated back to the 2004/2005 season when a goal from Trezeguet gave Juventus a title that was then revoked during the Calciopoli scandal.
The two teams have met 76 times at the San Siro stadium with the home team winning 26 times compared the 18 Bianconeri victories. The most common result between the two however has been a draw, 32 of them to be exact. Milan’s last win was on 15 May 2010 when a double from Ronaldhino and a first league goal for Luca Antonini gave the Rossoneri a 3-0 win (It was also the last game at the stadium for both Dida and Favelli). Prior to that game,. The last time Milan won was in the 2005/2006 season when goals from Seedorf, Kakà and Pirlo gave them a 3-1 win.
A draw however has been the most frequent result: 9 May 2009, it ended 1-1 with Seedorg giving his team the lead and Iaquinta equalising for the visitors. The year before that the game ended with a goalless draw. Juventus are currently on 49 points after having played 23 games and still to play their postponed match against Bologna at the Dell’Ara stadium. The Bianconeri are the only team unbeaten in the Italian top flight with 13 wins and 10 draws. With 36 goals scored and 14 conceded, they also boast the best defence in the league.
Here are the details of the teams’ meetings
30 OCTOBER 2010: MILAN-JUVENTUS 1-2 (Ibrahimovic)
15 MAY 2010: MILAN-JUVENTUS 3-0 (Antonini, 2 Ronaldinho)
9 MAY 20099: MILAN-JUVENTUS 1-1 (Seedorf)
1 DECEMBER 2007: MILAN-JUVENTUS 0-0
29 OCTOBER 2005: MILAN-JUVENTUS 3-1 (Seedorf, Kakà, Pirlo)
8 MAY 2005: MILAN-JUVENTUS 0-1
1 NOVEMBER 2003: MILAN-JUVENTUS 1-1 (Tomasson)
22 MARCH 2003: MILAN-JUVENTUS 2-1 (Shevchenko, Inzaghi)