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Published : Friday, 31 August, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 129

MILAN, AUG 30: Gennaro Gattuso's AC Milan will look to put last weekend's collapse against Napoli behind them when they host Roma in their first game of the season at the San Siro on Friday.
Roma are also desperate for a win to bury any doubts about their title credentials after battling back to draw 3-3 with Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico last Monday.
Both sides are now in US hands -- AC Milan owned by billionaire Paul Singer's Elliot Management and Roma controlled by American businessman James Pallotta -- and need three points to keep pace with Juventus and Napoli, who boast six points apiece after two rounds.
Milan -- with a game in hand after their opener against Genoa was postponed -- suffered a 3-2 defeat at Serie A runners-up Napoli despite holding a two-goal lead last weekend.
It was a blow for Gattuso in his first match against his former Milan coach, Carlo Ancelotti, and he believs Roma will provide another "tough" test.
"We need to prepare well for Roma because they are a very tough team," said Gattuso.
"We need to repeat the many positive things we did at Napoli because not every team goes to the San Paolo and plays the way we did, with courage.
"Of course, we need to correct the things that didn't work out."
Roma, meanwhile, battled back from a nightmare first half against Atalanta, with coach Eusebio Di Francesco needing surgery after punching the wall in the dugout during the game and breaking a bone in his left hand.
Passions should be running high again in what is new-look Milan's first home game of the season in front of an estimated 60,000 expectant fans at the San Siro.

Former club legends Leonardo and Paulo Maldini have joined Gattuso in the club setup with
ex-Brazil star Kaka arriving this week with a view to a role in the club.    -AFP

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