AC Milan are desperate to strike a Brazilian balance as they look to extend their lead at the top of Serie A this weekend with Robinho and Ronaldinho facing dramatically different futures at the Italian giants.
Milan welcome relegation-haunted Brescia today where a win could see them go six points clear at the top if city rivals Inter topped second-placed Lazio last night.
That would be a scenario that would suit Robinho who is enjoying his time in Milan after his ill-starred stay with Manchester City.
“I won’t move anymore. I will stay in red and black for another 10 years. Football is my passion and thanks to Milan, I am happy again,” said Robinho, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Sampdoria last week that ended a four-game winning run.
“Milan is an important chance that I don’t want to miss. I know myself. I know that when I am physically healthy and I feel at home I can give my best. Milan is the ideal environment.”
Not everyone at Milan is smiling though as Ronaldinho is currently out of favor with coach Massimiliano Allegri.
“I didn’t mean to humiliate him,” Allegri said after using the on-form Ronaldinho as a very late substitute in their last two matches.
With Milan producing stylish football without him Allegri will stick with the rugged midfield formula of Gennaro Gatusso, Mathieu Flamini, Massimo Ambrosini and veteran Clarence Seedorf.
Third-placed Juventus on 24 points were turfed out of the Europa League midweek without registering a single win, and now face a tricky domestic trip to ninth placed Catania, who are unbeaten at home so far this season.
“This elimination means nothing,” their coach Luigi Delneri said. “We’ll be going back to Europe soon.”
A seven-match undefeated run counted for little for AS Roma last week as a 3-1 defeat at Palermo provided the latest twist to their roller coaster season.
“We’re playing badly away from home right now,” said Roma coach Claudio Ranieri, whose team travel to Chievo.
‧ Chievo v AS Roma
‧ AC Milan v Brescia
‧ Cesena v Bologne
‧ Fiorentina v Cagliari
‧ Lecce v Genova
‧ Parma v Udinese
‧ Sampdoria v Bari
‧ Catania v Juventus Turin
‧ Napoli v Palermo