New Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri can prove a point when he returns to the San Siro to face former side AC Milan.
The 47-year-old, who replaced Antonio Conte earlier in the summer, was sacked by the Italian giants last term and instead replaced by Clarence Seedorf, who has since been succeeded by former striker Filippo Inzaghi.
And, with both sides looking to maintain their 100% records on Saturday, the manager can silence his critics and deliver an early blow in the race for the title with victory over his former team.
The Italian left the San Siro having overseen a poor run of form that left them 11th in the Serie A table and 30 points behind his new club.
Juventus themselves were romping to a third consecutive title under the stewardship of Conte, and went on to amass a huge 102 points for the season, losing just twice along the way.
Allegri had overseen happier times at Milan, landing them their last league triumph back in 2011 thanks to the goals and guile of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The maverick’s departure the following season to French side Paris Saint-Germain left a huge void in their attacking arsenal, and despite parting with big money to secure Mario Balotelli from Manchester City failed to improve their fortunes.
Ultimately, with the memory of success a distinct blur, Silvio Berlusconi decided to wield the axe and instead place his faith in club stalwart Seedorf, before appointing another novice in the form of Inzaghi.
Conte’s shock decision to stand down as manager after overseeing such a period of domestic dominance left the footballing world stunned, with the pressure now on Allegri’s shoulders to ensure the glut of glory continues.
Immediately he outlined his intent, and swooped for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata to help spearhead the attack alongside the influential Carlos Tevez who had impressed during his maiden season at the club last term.
Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra was also snared, having been given no reassurances by Louis Van Gaal on his future following the arrival of Luke Shaw from Southampton. The Frenchman provides some much-needed experience that could also prove decisive in their quest for silverware on the European front.
Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal and Evra’s compatriot Paul Pogba were also convinced to snub a move to Old Trafford and commit to the cause in Italy.
Allegri’s pursuit’s of now Premier League duo Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez proved unsuccessful, but his first transfer window in the job has provided enough optimism in Turin that he is the right man for the job.
Milan have started the season well thanks to new signing Jeremy Menez, and survived a scare last weekend to edge Parma 5-4.
Allegri can silence the boo boys and enhance his own reputation with a victory, a victory that can show where his side are at and whether they have the resources to ensure Milan’s spell in the dark ages continues.
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