Juventus' Marchisio dismisses comparisons with Tardelli and Gerrard

The Italy midfielder has been one of the Bianconeri's key performers this season but he is not a fan of being labelled and instead just wants to focus on facing AC Milan
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has moved to distance himself from comparisons with Marco Tardelli and Steven Gerrard, insisting that he is his own man.

The Italy international has played a key role in the Bianconeri's resurgence this season, netting six goals in 22 appearances in Serie A.

Marchisio has been labelled 'the new Tardelli' by many pundits, while others feel that Liverpool's all-action skipper Steven Gerrard is his English equivalent.

The man himself, though, is reluctant to be drawn on which players he resembles, telling Corriere dello Sport: "I'm Marchisio, [though] we all learned from someone."

The 26-year-old Turin native is hoping to put everything he has picked up during his career to date to good use in Saturday night's top-of-the-table clash with AC Milan at San Siro.

The Bianconeri remain undefeated this season, and are just a point behind the Rossoneri with a game in hand, but Marchisio insists that Antonio Conte's men go into the game as underdogs.

"Without wanting to talk ourselves down, we are not going to Milan at a good time," he argued.

"They are in first place and have practically sealed their place in the next round of the Champions League - they are the favourites.

"They have the Scudetto badge on their chests. They close matches out with greater ease than us because they have more experience."

Milan will be without talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic through suspension but Marchisio believes that the Swede's absence does not make Juve's task any easier.

"Ibrahimovic is a great champion, but whether he is there or not does not change anything," he claimed.

"It's a problem for Allegri but it's not as if we can relax without him [on the field]."

The match at the Giuseppe Meazza kicks off at 20:45CET.

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