Massimilano Allegri believes that recent criticism of AC Milan and Juventus has been "unfair" ahead of Sunday's clash in Turin.
The Rossoneri have struggled in Serie A in 2013-14 and sit eighth in the division heading into gameweek seven - eight points behind Antonio Conte's men - while the Bianconeri have been criticised for drawing their opening two Champions League ties to Copenhagen and Galatasaray.
Allegri, 46, has no doubt that his players can perform when up against the Scudetto winners and revealed, in Mario Balotelli's suspension-induced absence, that Robinho and ex-Juve striker Alessandro Matri will start up front.
"I am utterly sure the lads are up to the task, then the result depends on many elements," Allegri told reporters on Saturday. "It is not a test for us, but a fascinating game between two teams who are separated by eight points.
"At the moment, there has been unfair criticism of both Juventus and Milan.
"The two who start in attack will be Alessandro Matri and Robinho. Matri is just missing a goal, as he was unlucky, but we hope tomorrow he can find the breakthrough."