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Milan plays Parma with new players on roster

Milan plays Parma with new players on roster

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has been busy in the January transfer window trying to reinforce his squad for a climb up the Serie A standings.
Milan signed Italy defender Massimo Oddo and backup goalkeeper Marco Storari from Lazio and Messina respectively. Both could figure in Sunday's Serie A match against Parma.
"We like having talented players, even if it looks like we have two great players in each position of the lineup," Galliani said. "I believe that we are now one of the best teams in Europe."
Milan also extended midfielder Clarence Seedorf's contract until 2011, and is reportedly close to buying Ronaldo.
The Brazil striker should feel right at home at San Siro stadium. He played there from 1997 through 2002 while with Inter Milan, which leads the standings with 54 points.
Although Inter has won an Italian record 13 straight league games and is 30 points ahead of its ninth-place city rival, Inter president and owner Massimo Moratti isn't happy about Ronaldo's prospective move.
"(Ronaldo) has chosen the wrong side of the city," Moratti said. "Sure, these things happen in soccer, but all the same, I can't say I like it."
While Ronaldo would be ineligible for Champions League duty, having already appeared for Madrid in the competition this season, he could still bolster Madrid's misfiring attack.
Strikers Alberto Gilardino, Filippo Inzaghi and Ricardo Oliveira have only managed 10 goals between them in the league and Milan drew 0-0 against Lazio at the weekend.
Parma, meanwhile, now has Italy under-21 striker Giuseppe Rossi to call on. The 19-year-old, who is on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season, scored Sunday to lead the club to a 1-0 win over Torino _ its first victory in 11 games.
"(Rossi's) acceleration is exceptional," Parma coach Stefano Pioli said. "I've asked him to play with the same intensity as in the Premiership ... He's started well. Now he must continue."
Inter plays Sampdoria for the second time in four days on Sunday, looking for its 14th straight league victory.
Inter beat the Genoa team 3-0 in the first leg of an Italian Cup semifinal on Wednesday and coach Roberto Mancini has said he will keep rotating his players.
"There's no second-string Inter," Mancini said. "Those who played (Wednesday) were just those who didn't play Sunday ... I have a great bunch of players."
Hernan Crespo and Nicolas Burdisso _ scorers on Wednesday _ are expected to rest, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Adriano, Dejan Stankovic and Patrick Vieira are among those slated to return.
Also Sunday, Roma, in second place with 43 points, hosts Siena. The Giallorossi will be without captain Francesco Totti, who was sent off for violent conduct in the club's 1-1 draw at Livorno last weekend.
On Saturday, it's: Torino vs. Udinese, and third-place Palermo vs. Lazio.
Sunday's other games are: Atalanta vs. fourth-place Catania, Cagliari vs. Reggina, Chievo Verona vs. Empoli, Fiorentina vs. Livorno, and Messina vs. Ascoli.
In Serie B, Juventus travels to Spezia, looking to stretch its lead atop the division.
Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to play after missing last week's 4-2 win over Bari with a back injury, but defender Jonathan Zebina is still suspended.
Juventus, which was demoted and penalized nine points in the Italian match-fixing scandal, has 38 points, two more than second-place Napoli.


Updated : 2021-02-28 18:01 GMT+08:00