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The midfielder, who will miss the pair's top-of-the-table clash through injury, is hoping that the Rossoneri will remind everyone just why they are the reigning Italian champions

Alberto Aquilani is adamant that AC Milan are a superior side to Juventus - but he acknowledges that Massimiliano Allegri's men must prove it at San Siro on Saturday night.

The midfielder, who spent last season on loan to the Bianconeri from Liverpool, has enormous respect for the Turin outfit but he is confident that the Rossoneri will prevail in the eagerly-awaited top-of-the-table clash at the Giuseppe Meazza.

"I think that Milan are stronger than Juventus, but they must prove it on the field," Aquilani, who is currently out of action with an ankle problem, is quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I envy Juventus' unbeaten record and [midfielder Claudio] Marchisio, who is a very strong player.

"Juventus have invested so much and have returned to the top. And [coach Antonio] Conte has given great organisation to the team.

"However, I remain of the view that it is players who make the difference."

Aquilani is of the opinion that Milan are stronger than their title rivals man-for-man, arguing that their strength in depth has been underlined by the way in which they have coped in the absence of the Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will miss the visit of the Old Lady as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension.

"The team has shown it can do well without him," the former Roma ace opined. "And I hope that [Alexandre] Pato has a great game for Milan; he has enormous potential."

The crunch clash at San Siro gets underway at 20.45 CET.

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