Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Repeat of 2005 or English Derby?

After Liverpool have confirmed their place in the final, soccer fans will now turn their attention to the other semifinal. Tonight in San Siro stadium AC Milan will entertain Manchester United for their second face off in two weeks. Manchester won the first match 3-2 thanks to a late winner scored by Wayne Rooney, although Milan have a two away goals advantage. Milan only need a 1-0 or 2-1 victory to repeat 2005 Champions League final. A draw or a lost will surely devastated Milan's hope for silverware this season. The Serie A title has gone to Inter, while the Coppa Italia will be contested between Inter and Roma. After almost certainly securing their place in next year's Champions League, Milan will do everything they can to overcome Manchester United. Kaka was reserved when Milan played against Torino last saturday, that way he will be fresh to face Manchester United. Gattuso, Pippo Inzaghi and Kakha Kaladze have all recovered from their injuries. The only question is will Il Capitano Paolo Maldini play? The latest press release from Milan stated that Maldini will not play because he is still recovering from his knee injury. As for Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are the ones who are missing from the usual starting line-up. Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra will have to be careful as they will miss the final if they receive another yellow card. As usual Kaka is the player to watch. The Brazilian born playmaker played a wonderful match last week which can only be cancelled by a stunning shot from Rooney at the closing stage of the match. Ronaldo will try to prove his worth after a fairly boring display. Ancelotti probably will ask Gattuso to watch over him. To wrap it all, today is the real final. Whoever wins will have a huge chance to achieve glory in Athens.

Prediction: Milan win 1-0

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