MILAN (AP) — AC Milan’s rise over the past few months has been mirrored by Inter Milan’s decline.As the two sides approach the second derby of the season Cheap Chelsea Soccer Jerseys
, they are in vastly different moods from the first.Back then, Inter captain Mauro Icardi scored a stoppage-time winner to put Inter in third place, six points behind Serie A leader Juventus. Milan dropped to 12th place.Now, Milan has soared up to third place in the standings, a point above its city rival. Inter, on the other hand, is in fourth and has won only one of its past three league matches.And Icardi is unlikely to play this time.The Argentine forward has not been on the field in more than a month Cheap Inter Milan Soccer Shirts
, since being stripped off his captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations. The 26-year-old Icardi has said he has a knee injury, although the club has said that tests have not revealed any particular problem.“His absence over the past few weeks means that he’s not at full fitness, however, these are things that the coach will eventually consider,” Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta said when asked if Icardi would be available for the derby. “We must remain calm and manage things rationally. It would be a great failure if we would have to go through legal means.”Milan’s turnaround can at least partly be attributed to Krzysztof Piatek. The Poland forward has scored eight goals since arriving from Genoa in January. But shoring up the defense has also been crucial.Alessio Romagnoli, who was partly to blame for Icardi’s goal last time, has been touted as the future of the Italian national team’s defense. He was handed the Milan captaincy at the start of the season when he was only 24.“I really like him as a captain. He’s a focused and solid guy and he shows that with his behavior Cheap Juventus Soccer Jerseys
,” said former Milan captain Franco Baresi, who helped the team win six Serie A titles and three European Cups as a defender as well as winning the World Cup with the Italy.“It’s not by coincidence that he’s thought highly of by everyone, teammates, coach and club. His skills were evident right from the start, mental and technical. It was right to give the captain’s armband to him. Imposing oneself at Milan at his age is not easy.”Piatek and Romangnoli, who turned 25 in January, could be leading Milan back into the Champions League after a five-year absence.Inter still has a chance Cheap Soccer Uniforms
, too, but a loss for on Sunday coupled with a Roma victory at relegation-threatened Spal would leave the two teams level on points, closely followed by a number of other sides.The top four from Serie A qualify for next season’s Champions League. Barcelona have made no secret that they are on the lookout for a new striker this month to provide competition for their established number nine Luis Suarez. Munir El Haddadi left the Camp Nou to join Sevilla in a 鈧?m deal earlier this month, leaving Suarez as the only recognised senior striker at the club.Barca are said to have rejected the opportunity to sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata while Fernando Llorente now appears more likely to stay at Tottenham. A host of other names have been linked to the Catalan giants, including Girona’s in-form striker Cristhian Stuani 聽and Carlos Vela, currently at Los Angeles FC.Stuani’s release clause at Estadi Montilivi stands at 鈧?5m and Marca, Diario AS and Diario Sport all say the Blaugrana are considering activating the deal. The 32-year-old is La Liga’s third highest scorer this season Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys
, netting 12 goals in 15 starts – behind only Lionel Messi and Suarez, both of Barca. But Girona club president Delfi Geli has denied they would enter into negotiations over a sale.The option of Mexican striker Vela – who left Real Sociedad after six seasons to move to MLS in January 2018 – emerged in the Spanish press but has quickly been dismissed by the American club, who have no intention of loaning the experience forward back to Spain.It now appears Llorente will remain at Tottenham this month following an injury to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min’s participation in the Asian Cup.聽 Morata is said to have interested Barca too but he now appears more likely to join Atletico Madrid.This means that for their second half of the campaign, Ernesto Valverde only has Suarez as a senior striker to choose from. Paco Alcacer – who joined Borussia Dortmund at the start of the season – was only temporarily replaced by Munir, who has himself now departed. If the Blaugrana do not sign another frontman, they will be desperately short of options and exposed to a potential injury crisis.From the club’s B team, 18-year-old Abel Ruiz may provide an option while Rafa M煤jica Cheap Manchester City Soccer Shirts
, 20, is the club’s top scorer in league competition with five goals. Yet neither are believed to be ready for the rigours of first-team football and the immense scrutiny it will bring.Valverde still needs to balance the Copa del Rey and Champions League with the second half of the campaign in La Liga and Suarez has already featured 25 times. Unless a late move comes to the fruition in the next ten days, Barca will be hugely reliant on the Uruguayan’s fitness and capability of avoiding fatigue.