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Juventus Lifts Trofeo Berlusconi But Ronaldinho Shines

[champions] Chelsea x Juventus : 21Juventus take their revenge on fierce rival Ac Milan by beating the Rossoneri at the Trofeo Berlusconi last night via penalty shoot out after both team fail to score a goal in 90 minutes.

The Bianconeri should be thanking Milan’s Thiago Silva for their success as the Brazilian international defender was the only player who missed from the spot.

Despite loosing the game, Milan looked a bit better than Juve which were probably thinking more of their upcoming Europa league second leg match next midweek.

Playing with a 4-3-3 formation that sometimes into a 4-3-1-2 in the game, the Rossoneri showed a lot of improvement compared to their last friendlies as their players seems fitter and faster.

Lead by their Brazilian star, Ronaldinho, the Rossoneri had more of the chances especially in the first half and midway into the second half before the leg seems to finally run out from their players. Juventus on the other hand looked much more threatening right after Diego enters the field as once again the former Werder Bremen star managed to be the center of their creativity.

Among the stars that put out a show last night, Ronaldinho has simply be the one that steal the show as he really proved that the latest news saying  his physical condition is getting much better from last season was true. The former Barcelona player, who has been loosing more weight, looked sharper and faster in this game despite his fitness is surely not 100% fit as just yet.

Despite the lack of goals, the match was pretty interesting to watch and had a very nice tempo with Milan trying to control the game while Juve look to play more on the counter. Unfortunately the excitement has to be ended with a penalty shoot out, in which all of the Bianconeri kickers managed to convert while Milan’s Silva unluckily ballooned his shot over the bar.

Both team are still missing some players in this game as the Rossoneri were unable to field the likes of Alesandro Nesta, Alexandre Pato and new signing Kevin Prince Boateng. Meanwhile, Juventus are missing their two latest signing that have just recently arrived, Milos Krasic and Alberto Aquilani. The two teams will have a midweek match on their schedule, Milan will test Spanish giant Barcelona in a friendly while Juve is going to host Sturm Graz in Europa League.

Milan and Juventus squad and penalty kickers:
Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Papastathopoulos, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Ambrosini, Pirlo (Gattuso 72), Seedorf (Huntelaar 76); Oduamadi (Flamini 66), Borriello (Inzaghi 60), Ronaldinho

Juventus: Manninger; Grygera (Motta 79), Legrottaglie (Bonucci 72), Chiellini, De Ceglie; Pepe, Marchisio (Sissoko 58), Felipe Melo, Martinez (Lanzafame 72); Trezeguet (Amauri 58), Del Piero (Diego 58)
Penalty takers
Ronaldinho (goal), Pepe (goal), Thiago Silva (miss), Bonucci (goal), Bonera (goal), Lanzafame (goal), Inzaghi (goal), Diego (goal), Huntelaar (goal), Motta (goal)

Creative Commons License photo credit: Crystian Cruz

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