Poli: Pazzini can be Milan matchwinner

With Mario Balotelli absent through injury, the Italy international believes the striker can fire the Rossoneri past Juventus this weekend
AC Milan midfielder Andrea Poli believes striker Giampaolo Pazzini can inspire his side victory over Juventus on Sunday.

The Rossoneri have endured a disappointing season so far, lying ninth in Serie A after 25 games, while Juve sit nine points clear at the top over Roma and look to be closing in on their third straight league title.

But Poli believes that, in the probable absence of the injured Mario Balotelli, his fellow ex-Sampdoria star can step up and upset the reigning champions at San Siro.

"I say Pazzini," Poli told La Gazzetta dello Sport when asked who could fire Milan past Juve this weekend. "He, like Balotelli, can always make a difference.

"Juve have dominated the league in the last two-and-a-half years, but the points count only up to a certain point. Last year I beat them with Sampdoria, both home and away. We will try to win."

The 24-year-old also reserved special praise for new boss Clarence Seedorf, who he says is unlike anyone else under whom he’s worked due to the way he man manages his players.

"[Seedorf] focuses a lot on psychology," he said. "It’s the first time I’ve experienced that from a coach.

"He places a lot of importance on dialogue with the individual, which is crucial because it creates a better communication. [Former coach Massimiliano] Allegri was different, he spoke less."