Sunday, March 16, 2014

AC Milan-Parma Preview: Donadoni could come back to haunt former club

Parma coach Roberto Donadoni

Roberto Donadoni will look to haunt former club AC Milan when Parma visit San Siro hoping to extend their unbeaten run.

Clarence Seedorf's side were eliminated from the Champions League in midweek as they slipped to a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the last 16 second leg, resulting in a 5-1 aggregate scoreline.

That humbling defeat effectively ends Milan's season. The 18-time Italian champions are 10th in Serie A, nine points adrift of a European place, and appear to have little to play for in the remaining months of the campaign.

Seedorf's men now meet the challenge of one their former heroes in Donadoni, who is overseeing a remarkable transformation at Parma.

The former Italy boss won six league titles and three European Cups in his two spells at San Siro and is now restoring his reputation as a coach after being dismissed by Italy, Napoli and then Cagliari.

Parma finished 10th last term but are now in the running for a return to European competition following a superb unbeaten streak.

Donadoni's men have not tasted defeat in the league since November and are just one point behind Milan's arch-rivals Inter in the race for a place in next season's Europa League.

Parma's form is in stark contrast to that of their hosts, who are on a run of four defeats in their last five games in all competitions.

The in-form visitors will have almost a full complement of players to choose from, with Italy internationalGabriel Paletta Parma's only absentee due to suspension.

Mattia De Sciglio is banned for Milan, while forward Stephan El Shaarawy is still on the sidelines as he recovers from a foot injury.

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