Trofeo TIM Tournament: Previewing AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IAugust 18, 2011

TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 05:  Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus FC in action against Robinho of AC Milan during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and AC Milan at Olimpico Stadium on March 5, 2011 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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The Trofeo TIM is a friendly round-robin tournament played between the three most titled clubs in Italy. Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have contested the tournament since it's inception in 2001.

The tournament is unique in the sense that games are 45 minutes in duration and the way points are allocated; victory in regulation time: three points;  victory on penalties: two points; defeat on penalties: one point; defeat in regulation time: zero points.

As titles would go, they have been divided up as follows:

  • 600px Black and Blue (Stripes) 2.png Inter - 6 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010)
  • 600px Black and Red (Cross) and Red and White (Stripes). Png Milan - 3 (2001, 2006, 2008)
  • 600px Black and White (Stripes). Png Juventus - 1 (2009)

AC Milan could secure their second piece of silverware this season by winning the Trofeo TIM.

They have sent a 24-man squad:

Amelia, Roma, Piscitelli, Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Nesta, Oddo, Taiwo, Zambrotta, De Sciglio, Ely, Ambrosini, Boateng, Emanuelson, Flamini, Gattuso, Van Bommel, Sampirisi, Fossati, Cassano, Comi, Kingsley Boateng, Ganz.

Milan really came out to play in the second half of the Supercoppa Italiana showing remarkable form early on. The absence of Ibrahimovic due to injury will prove to be a blow for the Serie A champions. However, great recent form from Antonio Cassano will surely make up for the Swede upfront.

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Inter Milan will be looking to defend their title from last year and have sent a near full strength squad to the tournament.

The 25-man squad includes: 

 Luca Castellazzi, Paolo Orlandoni, Matteo Cincilla; Javier Zanetti,  Lucio, Luca Caldirola, Andrea Ranocchia, Walter Samuel, Cristian Chivu, Davide Faraoni, Davide Santon, Jonathan, Luca Bianchetti; Dejan Stankovic, Thiago Motta, Wesley Sneijder, Ricardo Alvarez, Esteban Cambiasso, Joel Obi, Lorenzo Crisetig, Sulley Muntari; Giampaolo Pazzini, Diego Milito, Goran Pandev, Luc Castaignos.

If Inter are able to play the same way they did in the first half of the Supercoppa Italiana, they will prove to be almost impossible to defeat. Noticeable absences include that of Julio Cesar and Samuel Eto'o who is looking to leave the club in the coming days.

However, Inter fans can take heart to the fact that Wesley Sneijder has been included in the squad. They will face Juventus in their first match.

Juventus already have a number of injuries to deal with this season, and a few key players will be absence in their attempt to win the Trofeo TIM for only the second time.

They have sent a 23-man squad to the tournament in Bari:

Buffon, Motta, Pazienza, Marchisio, Del Piero, Manninger, Vucinic, Barzagli, Ziegler, Bonucci, Pirlo, Vidal, Lichtsteiner, Krasic, De Ceglie, Storari, Matri, Sorensen, Marrone, Pasquato, Ruggiero, Libertazzi, Spinazzola.

Juventus haven't really had a chance to properly show off all their new signings together. In what friendlies they dominate a second-division side 8-0, drew 0-0 with Real Betis and had a mixed American tour. The Trofeo TIM will be their first real test.

No Chiellini, Quagliarella or Iaquinta will surely be a blow.


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