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Serie A

  • September 14, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Torino
  • Referee: D. Massa
  • • Attendance: 22780

Serie A Preview: Torino - Milan

Serie A Preview: Torino - Milan


Kaka, signed from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, is expected to make his Rossoneri return as Massimiliano Allegri's side looks to build on recent improved displays.

Kaka will make his second debut for Milan on Saturday as it aims to continue its promising run of form against Torino.

Massimiliano Allegri's men travel to Turin for the Serie A fixture in good spirits after successive wins against PSV and Cagliari. The 3-0 second-leg win over PSV booked Milan's spot in the group stage of the Champions League - where it will face Barcelona, Ajax and Celtic – and the club followed that up with a 3-1 home win against Cagliari.

And the Italian giants delighted their fans on transfer deadline day as they announced the signing of Brazilian Kaka from Real Madrid. Kaka – who played at Milan from 2003 to 2009 – had fallen out of favor in the Spanish capital and was snapped up by his former club.

The return of the 31-year-old is sure to excite Milan fans if the reaction from Allegri is anything to go by, although he has urged the club's supporters to give him time to get up to speed.

"Kaka has great quality," Allegri said after he joined. "(He) is a champion and his presence raises the level of self-confidence throughout the squad. I must do well to get the best out of him and help him reach peak fitness. You cannot expect a player, even one of his level, to be ready straight away."

Kaka did play 45 minutes of Milan's 4-0 friendly win over Chiasso of Switzerland on Saturday, and he impressed during his appearance.

Milan has a stunning record against Torino in recent years, having won eight of the last 11 Serie A fixtures between the two sides. The other three ended in draws, with Torino's last win against Milan coming in November 2001.

Like Milan, Torino has won one and lost one in the Serie A this season, suffering a 2-0 defeat at Atalanta in its last match. That took the gloss off a 2-0 opening day win over Sassuolo, but Torino is tipped to struggle this season and another loss would come as no surprise.

The club lost star defender Angelo Ogbonna to champion Juventus in the offseason and has not sufficiently replaced him, meaning Milan's forwards could take advantage.

Allegri will be tempted to rest some of his players, with a Champions League fixture against Celtic looming Wednesday, but Milan should still have too much quality for its opponents.

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