Juventus vs Milan: Higuain on bench amid Chelsea rumours

first_imgJuventus and AC Milan will play off in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the right to lift the Supercoppa Italiana on Wednesday.Juve may dominate the domestic game, but in each of the last two seasons they have been foiled in their attempts to lift this trophy, beaten 3-2 by Lazio in August 2017 when it was last played for.A year previous, it was Milan who took the title, winning on penalties in Doha, Qatar, in December 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Rossoneri, who were the losing Coppa Italia finalists from 2017-18, go into this clash hoping to cause a similar upset. Game Juventus vs AC Milan Date Wednesday, January 16 Time 5:30pm GMT /12:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on ESPN 2 or ESPN Deportes. It can be streamed via ESPN Deportes+ US TV channel Online stream ESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes ESPN Deportes+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 1 and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Kean Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has named a strong team, including Cristiano Ronaldo, but he will have to do without Mario Mandzukic, Andrea Barzagli, Medhi Benatia and Juan Cuadrado because of injury concerns.Allegri is set to play a 4-3-3 formation, with Rodrigo Bentancur to play in the heart of the midfield ahead of Sami Khedira.Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Dybala, Ronaldo Position AC Milan players Goalkeepers Donnarumma, Reina Defenders Romagnoli, Rodriguez, Musacchio, Abate, Zapata, Calabria, Strnic, Simic Midfielders Calhanoglou, Castillejo, Bakayoko, Montolivo, Laxalt, Kessie, Halilovic, Conti Forwards Higuain, Cutrone, Borini Milan also have selection headaches: Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Andrea Bertolacci and Mattia Caldara are all missing, while Suso must serve a one-match suspension.With rumours swirling about a move to Chelsea, Gonzalo Higuain will start from the bench, with Patrick Cutrone taking his place in the lineup. AC Milan starting XI: Donnarumma; Calabria, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Paqueta; Castillejo, Cutrone, CalhanogluBetting & Match Odds Juventus are rated as 1/2 favourites by bet365. Milan can be backed at 13/2, while a draw over 90 minutes is priced at 31/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Gonzalo Higuain Milan JuventusThe 60,000 capacity King Abdullah Sports City will be the stage where Serie A and Coppa Italia champions Juventus meet AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana.Both teams returned to action after the winter break at the weekend in the Coppa Italia, with both recording 2-0 victories, Juve overcoming Bologna and their opponents defeating Sampdoria.The Turin side start the match as clear favourites, having established a nine-point lead at the summit of Serie A, with 17 wins and two draws from their 19 league fixtures so far this season. Milan, on the other hand, find themselves in fourth, an astonishing 22 points back of their Turin rivals.After missing out on this title in each of the last two years, Massimiliano Allegri’s side are hungry to pick up the silverware in Saudi Arabia.While there is slightly more pride riding on this game than in previous matches as both teams are competing to be the first club to reach eight Supercoppa victories, Allegri sees this as a dress rehearsal for the Champions League , in which his side will tackle Atletico Madrid in the spring.“This is good practice to prepare for elimination rounds,” the coach said, although he did indicate that he hoped to avoid the eventuality of extra-time and potentially penalties, which is how the match will be decided if it finishes all square after 90 minutes.In the opposite dugout, Gennaro Gattuso is acutely aware of the challenge that faces his side, having seen them lose 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final in May.“We are up against a side that has been dominant in Italy and Europe for eight years, they know how to play for trophies, but it’s important for us to be here and feel this experience too,” he said.“We’ve got to play our game with a relaxed approach, because the strongest team doesn’t always win in a one-off match. We want to see a great performance to beat Juve, we’re well aware of that.”One man who the Rossoneri will have to police particularly closely if they are to experience the success that their coach craves is Paulo Dybala.The Argentine has scored three times in the Supercoppa Italiana previously and, if he were to notch again, he would become the all-time top scorer in the 31-year history of the competition.last_img read more

Captain Marvel team pays tribute to comic legend Stan Lee. See release date

first_imgCaptain Marvel team pays tribute to comic legend Stan Lee. See release dateStan Lee passed away on November 12 last year. Captain Marvel will be released in India on March 8, celebrated as International Women’s Day.advertisement Next Press Trust of India SingaporeFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 09:29 IST Captain Marvel team pays tribute to Stan LeeThe Captain Marvel fan event on Thursday had an emotional beginning for Marvel fanatics when the cast and crew of the film paid homage to comic legend Stan Lee, who passed away last year at the age of 95.The much anticipated film is set to be released in India on March 8, celebrated as International Women’s Day.It is a bittersweet moment that the Brie Larson-fronted movie is the first Marvel film to be released after Lee’s death in November 2018.’Excelsior Thank You Stan 1922-2018′ appeared on the screen as the team paid tribute to Lee, the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk.What followed next was the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War that showed Nick Fury calling for Code Red and barely managing to page Captain Marvel before vanishing into nothingness as Thanos snaps his fingers wiping off half of earth’s population.After waiting for the longest time, the fans’ frenzy was piqued by more than a notch when the sound of an airplane announced the entry of the Captain Marvel team.A special segment of Super Fans, who were chosen from contests on social media, were stationed in the Star Force box an obvious hat tip to Captain Marvel’s association with the Kree elite tactical unit.Life-like posters of Larson and co-star Gemma Chan flanked the beams at the city-based Marina Bay Sands hotel.Some fans stood out in the crowd with their choice of outfits. A husband and wife had turned up dressed as a Captain Marvel couple, sending a strong message of gender parity while another fan turned up as the Spider-Man.advertisementA fan got close to assembling the Avengers when he got Jackson to sign the Captain America shield as Fury. He has already managed signatures from Captain America (Chris Evans), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell).Larson, Chan, Samuel L Jackson and director duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck entered the arena with the Marvel Studios theme playing in the backdrop.Boden and Fleck, dressed in red and blue respectively, were the first to enter. They were followed by Jackson who was greeted with loud cheers. He stopped at the beginning of the walkway to apparently go live on one of his many social media accounts.One of the fans, who had brought along a light sabre as a nod to the veteran actor’s Star Wars character Mace Windu, got both his attention and autograph.Jackson spent a lot of time talking and clicking selfies with the media, which made the restless fans fighting for his attention chant his name.Jackson, who donned white Armani, cheekily waved to the fans only after they started calling Chan’s name.Chan, who shot to global fame as the independent, sophisticated and ambitious Astrid from Crazy Rich Asians, directly dived into fan boxes to give autographs and selfies.Dressed in printed white dress, she interacted with the media for a brief period of time, which left more than a few shutterbugs disappointed.The loudest cheers and deafening screams were reserved for Captain Marvel herself, who entered guarded with heavy security detail.The Oscar winner was dressed in a custom black Oscar De La Renta pant and stylised top and sported a golden Captain Marvel badge on her back.This was Larson’s first time in Singapore and like Chan, she too went head on first to meet her fans. A generous Larson interacted with fans and members of the media alike.The actor said it was the well roundedness of the character that attracted her to the role.”A lot of times, the film is about getting to the thing, saving the thing. But what it’s really about is getting to herself. So we go along with her on this journey of finding herself. It starts with her being tough and strong. But it’s really the vulnerability that comes in play that brings her to herself,” Larson said.Boden got a round of applause as she is the first female director to helm a Marvel film. She said they did not expect such an “overwhelming” response and it was a slightly “scary” feeling.Talking about his role in the 1990s set origin story, Jackson said he missed his youth from the 90s, which elicited a roaring laughter from the audience.”I was years younger then. I don’t know about bringing her (Captain Marvel) into this world as much as helping her get a lost part about herself. I’m growing as a person myself” he said.advertisementThe film was special, Jackson said, as he got to work with Larson who is “someone he liked”, leading to another round of laughter. This is the duo’s third project together.The fan event was all about getting women at the centre stage. Jackson and Fleck gave a shout-out to the women in their life.A selected number of Singaporean women – lawyer, reporter, writer, swimmer, race car driver and others – were celebrated by the film’s team. A group of children were anointed as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jackson.ALSO READ: Captain Marvel trailer: Brie Larson film punches you with ’90s nostalgiaALSO READ: Captain Marvel first look: Brie Larson is the superhero we deserveALSO WATCH| Avengers Infinity War director: I have a strong connection with Captain AmericaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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