Serie A preview

Vucinic targeting double success

March 22, 2012

Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic has warned Serie A leaders AC Milan his team will not settle just for the Coppa Italia trophy this season.

Mirko Vucinic
GettyImagesMirko Vucinic celebrates his goal for Juve

The Turin giants ousted Milan from the Coppa with a 2-2 draw in Turin on Tuesday to win 4-3 on aggregate and set up a meeting with Napoli in the final on May 20. The result kept Juve unbeaten this season.

''Our qualification at the expense of Milan can also have consequences in Serie A,'' Vucinic said to Gazzetta dello Sport. ''Our confidence is still growing, and we have the feeling that we can win it all.

''I believe that we can win the Coppa and the Scudetto. However, we have to make sure that we don't drop points again with respect to teams that we should really beat.''

Juventus ended a four-match winless run with a 5-0 triumph at Fiorentina last weekend and trail Milan by four points with 10 games remaining. Antonio Conte's side host Inter Milan on Sunday.

Milan are the only Italian team still alive in European competition and they will take on Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final next week. Before that, Massimiliano Allegri's men will look to keep up their impressive league form, which has seen them win five of their last six matches, with victory over Roma on Saturday.

Third-place Lazio are at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this weekend to square off against Cagliari.

The Biancoceleste have lost their last two games and hold the final Champions League qualifying spot but are just one point clear of European hopefuls Napoli and Udinese.

Napoli welcome Catania to the San Paolo with their confidence sky-high after their midweek 2-0 triumph over Siena that saw them reach their first cup final since 1997.

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin will have to watch his side's match at Palermo from the stands while he completes a touchline ban after being sent off for dissent during last weekend's 2-2 draw against Napoli.

Atalanta and Bologna will battle it out at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia stadium knowing that a win for either side would see them take a giant step towards securing Serie A football next season.

Genoa host Fiorentina on Sunday looking for their first win since February 5. The Grifoni have taken three points since then - all from draws - and are 14th, just one point clear of Fiorentina.

Victory on Sunday in Verona would see Siena leapfrog Chievo in the standings. The Tuscan outfit are three points behind 11th-place Chievo.

Novara coach Attilio Tesser has yet to lose since replacing Emiliano Mondonico earlier this month and the Piedmont club play host to Lecce on the back of two straight wins. Novara are 19th in the standings, one place and three points behind Lecce.

Bottom-side Cesena host Parma needing a win to revive any hopes of avoiding the drop. Mario Beretta's side are 14 points adrift of safety and have lost eight of 10 games since their last victory on January 15.