Juventus icon Claudio Marchisio believes Milan are currently stronger than his former side as he spoke ahead of Sunday’s meeting between the two giants.
Marchisio spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport to preview Sunday’s big match in Turin, starting with praise for the work that the Rossoneri management have done to get the team competing at the top again.
“Milan are stronger right now, Maldini, Massara and Pioli have done an excellent job to build a team that had been struggling over the last few years,” he said (via Football Italia).
Milan marked their return to the Champions League with a five-goal thriller against Liverpool, eventually being edged 3-2 at Anfield by Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Reds took an early lead through a deflected Trent Alexander-Arnold strike but the Rossoneri stunned their hosts by going in 2-1 up at the break thanks to quickfire goals from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz.
Conceding shortly after the interval certainly didn’t help matters as Mo Salah equalised, and ultimately Jordan Henderson would score the winner that Liverpool probably deserved on the balance of play.
“They have returned in the competition that represents them better. Liverpool are a tough opponent, but they can get some satisfaction this season,” Marchisio added.
Juventus beat Malmo 3-0 in the Champions League earlier this week but they are struggling domestically, having registered just one point in the first three Serie A games of the season, losing to Empoli and Napoli and drawing 2-2 at Udinese.
“Juventus are in a reconstruction phase, but they must prove they are on the same level of the team that opened the winning cycle,” Marchisio added.
“When building the foundation for a long-term project, it is normal to face difficult moments, I would like Juventus to be given time and trust.
“I don’t see any personality or identity issues, you just have to be patient. A team like Juve must always aim to win. They need cohesion and conviction. I am confident.”