On Sunday night Juventus will face off against AC Milan in what is a game that has a rather funny underlying coincidence, a report has highlighted.
As Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) report, Juventus and Milan will meet on May 28 at 20:45 CEST, which is the exact same date and time the Champions League final 20 years ago, and there are few parallels that can be drawn.
Back then, Lippi’s Juve had won their second consecutive Scudetto – the fifth in nine years – and were playing in their fourth Champions League final in eight seasons. They had a squad of champions and a solid management through the trio of Bettega, Giraudo, Moggi, plus Umberto Agnelli.
Ancelotti’s Milan had as many champions too and Berlusconi was still able to finance a project with big plans, created by Galliani. That final for the Rossoneri would be the first of three in five years, and it was decided on penalties with Milan winning.
The world has changed. Now, Juventus and Milan are not only no longer playing in Champions League finals anywhere near as regularly, but they are both fighting just to achieve qualification for the next one.
By beating the Rossoneri and winning on the last day against Udinese, the Bianconeri could hope to snatch fourth place, but they are a club in chaos with trials ongoing and more punishments expected to come.
Now, Milan and their more prudent ownership can only dream of the kind of signings made 20 years ago, but they can still console themselves with the memory of a Scudetto that they still wear on their shirts.