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ROME, March 5 – All eyes will be on Rome's Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night as Inter Milan's two Serie A title rivals fight it out to see who will earn the right to pursue the champions to the end.AS Roma host AC Milan with both sides knowing defeat could signal the death of their championship chances.

Milan trail Inter by four points with Roma a further three points back.

Neither team can afford to lose but even victory might not be enough to keep either side in the hunt and Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani suggested as much as he took a begrudging dig at Inter.

"From an aesthetic point of view, this match is the best that Serie A has to offer at the moment," he said.

"The two teams have to put on a show because the stadium will be full.

"I’m not worried about these big matches, I’m just delighted to be able to watch them.

"And the two sets of fans should be satisfied because at the beginning of the season they would have all taken a second or third place which guarantees you qualification for next season’s Champions League group stages."

If Roma win they will draw level on points with Milan but will have momentum on their side as they still have not been beaten in the league since October — 16 matches ago.

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Having been dumped out of the Europa League last week they have only an Italian Cup semi-final next month to distract them from their title bid while both Milan and Inter still have at least one eye on the Champions League.

If Roma were to lose it would surely spell the end of their hopes, while if Milan were to lose it would be hard to see how they could still retain some realistic hope.

It is in exactly these kind of tests that teams demonstrate their championship mettle and with Inter still to visit Roma’s ground, the giallorossi can still hope to deal a blow to Jose Mourinho’s team’s hopes of recording a fifth title in a row.

But even if a victory would leave Roma and Milan on equal points, it would show once again that Milan are not capable of taking that final step towards a sustained challenge to Inter.

Whereas Roma, whose form has been magnificent since October, would have more hope simply because it was only due to a poor start that they are not at least neck-and-neck with Inter.

Their run over the last 16 matches has also included trips to Inter, Juventus, Fiorentina, Napoli and Sampdoria — notoriously dififcult away trips.

And this run could have been even better but for two late collapses from 2-0 leads away to both Cagliari and Napoli.

Even so, more than Milan they appear to have the consistency and grit needed to eke out the results needed to push Inter to the wire.

Although Milan have the points in the bag, they have had their chances but have failed to take them.

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Ahead of the last Milan derby in January Milan knew a win would leave them just three points behind Inter with a game in hand.

And yet despite playing with a numerical advantage for more than an hour, they were still well beaten.

And even when Inter drew three games in a row in February, Milan could not fully capitalise as they dropped points away to minnows Bologna and Livorno — had they won both they would be level with Inter.

Inter will have three players back from suspension — Muntari Sulley, Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba — when they host Genoa on Sunday.

Fifth-placed Juventus face the first in a series of tough away fixtures that could make or break their season.

Over their next four matches they face three trips, to Fiorentina on Saturday and then Sampdoria and Napoli, three teams fighting with Juve for the final Champions League spot.

Depending on how they fare, Juve’s Champions League hopes could look either very rosy or very bleak.

Fixtures

Saturday

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Fiorentina v Juventus, AS Roma v AC Milan

Sunday

Atalanta v Udinese, Bari v Chievo, Bologna v Napoli, Cagliari v Catania, Inter Milan v Genoa, Palermo v Livorno, Sampdoria v Lazio, Siena v Parma

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. ben

    June 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    very shallow, i tell you.

    • PIPINO

      June 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      how about yours

      • NKONGE MUGUONGO

        June 23, 2014 at 10:10 am

        Am scared of you all Kenyans because all your arguments seems to be partisan and based on tribal angle.Lets admit lives were lost and look the way forward and those charged with the responsibility of protecting Kenyans as they too oath to do the same own and seek for forgiveness as we dialogue on witty and not on petty matters.
        Can you all stop parochial interests and value each other regardless of sex creed colour blood or race.

  2. one love kenya

    June 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I feel stupid for reading this article. It totally has escaped its purpose. Furthermore it is from the president. Must be reading from the same script will Ole Lenku. I am so dissapointed…

    • Qwani

      June 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Don’t worry you will feel much better when those responsible are made to face the law!!

  3. Wa hinga

    June 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    As a kenyan, this act is a prove that it have been no alshabab attacks but a politically plan that have a long term plan against our President and Kenya as whole. this is the way of the West in fear of the mature relationship of our state and China, that they the enemies of our forefathers have particularly train and supported the Cord leaders to defy our brother hood to becoming killers of one anther, to my father Odinga “doing the west way will not at anytime bear any good” baba think and think again our tribe have proved strong over the west long time now and no other can suppress our freedom to business.

    Wainaina wa Hinga

  4. Qwani

    June 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    The President is absolutely right on this one. There were just too many coincidences in those attacks. I’m very sure the NIS has seen those patterns which are just so obvious. Everything is now falling into place and the motive is now making perfect sense. Let the perpetrators face the full force of the law. They can be sent to the Hague if the need be!!

  5. MajorT

    June 18, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Too much verbage and little action. Kusema name Kutenda is the way to go.
    1. Bring to justice so called inciter politicians.
    2. Hold accountable police officers who neglected duty
    3. Arm police with modern weapons, AK47 bure kabisa!

  6. demarq

    June 18, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I doubt this was politically motivated, I feel this is a fictitious rumour that is being spread to counter Odinga’s recent verbal attacks. As much as I distrust Raila, I also don’t support spreading vicious rumours just to get even. Two wrongs don’t make it right.

    If Jubilie continues to tread down this path, I will no longer support them in any way!

  7. Democracy

    June 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Would playing the blame game unite Kenyans? Would tacitly and indirectly pointing an accusing finger at CORD for triggering and/or taking part in these terrorist attacks gather Kenyans? I think Uhuru has it entirely wrong on this one. Threatening infuential political leaders while exonerating the terrorists who have owned up to these dreadful incidents will only throw oil on the fire. With all due respect to the President, I don’t think this is a speech that would unite and positively inspire the already divided Kenyans. What does the government expect from the opposition in times of blatant crisis? Does he expect them to stand aside and look while things are go wrong? If that’s the case, why then would there be need of oppositon? No, Uhuru should call upon the opposition leaders rather than challenge them. He should have made a better speech than this shallow one and not from State House but from Mpeketoni.

    • Qwani

      June 18, 2014 at 9:34 am

      The intelligence report has pointed out the likely source of the problem. It doesn’t matter how low or how high one may be in society the law is the law. Let due process be followed.
      You seem to place so much faith on this so called message from al-shabaab. Can you verify the authenticity of the source??
      Today Boko haram have struck in Nigeria. That is a genuine terror attack where the victims are targeted indiscriminately.
      The pattern and timing of the attacks we have been experiencing of late, raises a lot of questions which don’t make any sense within the realm of terrorism.
      I think the President is way beyond listening to people suggesting where he can and can’t give speeches. That is entirely his prerogative.

      • Democracy

        June 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        Unlike myself who is unable to verify the authenticity of an Al Shabaab message, you on the other hand, seem to be an expert of the contrary so kindly unlighten us on the basis on which you dismiss the alleged Al Shabaab message in favor of the ridiculous idea that Raila Odinga and Kalonzo are now engaging in terrorist activities in Lamu, Eastleigh and Westlands.

        “The pattern and timing of the attacks we have been experiencing of late, raises a lot of questions which don’t make any sense within the realm of terrorism”. Can you even read your own words!? Of course they don’t make sense that is why they are terrorist attacks. The aim is to cause terror and not to make sense. Boko Haram have kidnapped more than 300 school girls in Nigeria; Where is the sens and how indiscriminate is this?

        It’s very good and opportune of you to mention Nigeria because Mr. Jonathan, their current President is under immense pressure from the main opposition party over his failure to secure Nigerians and crush Boko Haram. Mr Obansanjo twice President and powerful political Godfather, has openly fallen out with Mr. Jonathan and stated in a an open letter that because of this failure it would be immoral for Mr. Jonathan to seek a second term in 2015. Never though and inspite of this, has Mr. Jonathan accused the opposition of triggering terrorist attacks or even inciting Nigerians with these kind of statements.

        Yes, my friend, it is the President’s prerogative to make speeches from any location of his choice but it would be unwise and undemocratic for him to be “beyond listening to people”. We are in a democracy or so I believe, and the President “should” if anything, listen to people.

        • Qwani

          June 19, 2014 at 6:27 am

          I don’t believe neither I nor the President has mentioned anyone by name, you are the one jumping to conclusions. You need to allow investigations to proceed and thereafter prosecutions can begin. Locally if possible or in the extreme at the Hague.
          As for listening to the people, not all the people are experts in everything to the extent that they can demand dialogue or nusu mkate with the government when they feel the urge to do so.
          People demand results, which is a term Mr. nusu mkate just couldn’t get to terms with. His track record is pathetic and can offer nothing useful in resolving the problems this country faces!!

          • Democracy

            June 19, 2014 at 7:48 am

            I think you just lost me there. I’m not sure what you are referring to or who you are nicknaming Nusu mkate. Should I in this case be allowed to “jump to conclusions” and dare a guess that just like the President has tacitly and indirectly done, you mean Raila?

            This is about Kenya being under terrorist attacks and the President instead of being above the fray, decides to join the band wagon and exchange blows with the opposition. He is the PRESIDENT for heaven’s sake! He should leave political brawls to his MP’s and other party members while he plays a more dignified and neutral role.

            Whatever suspicions he might have over the opposition’s involvement in these tragic incidents could just as you say have been “allowed investigative proceedings” before prematurely and baselessly being thrown out there for the already divided and average kenyans to feast on. These attacks have offered the President a golden opportunity to unite Kenyans but I think he has just blown it. But I already know what you are going to say; “This President is beyond listening to someone like me”.

          • Qwani

            June 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

            If the intelligence report says it is a result of “heightened political temperatures”, the President has every right to tell us. As for who exactly is responsible, that has to be left to the investigators.
            Anyway, there is no point in the President listening to people with a mindset as yourself. Whatever he does it is just not good enough for your kind, even if he is performing a whole lot better than Mr. nusu mkate.

          • Democracy

            June 19, 2014 at 8:28 am

            So far it seems he has been listening to “your kind” and people with “a mind set” such as yours and look how far that has gotten us? Thanks for the exchange Mr. Qwani “Nusu Mkate”, I hope though that we don’t get to do it again but with a President who is “beyond listening to people of my kind” and an incompetent intelligence head as Olelenko with a “mind set” like yours, I’m pretty sure that you and I will trade blows again pretty soon. Enjoy your day: Proudly Kenyan!

  8. Kennedy Msema Kweli

    June 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

    The Jubilee GoK is surely a CURSED government. They stole the election shamelessly so karma is now serving them their just dessert cold. GOD Bles & Protect Kenya

    • demarq

      June 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      How is it them being “served”. You seem to enjoy how your fellow innocent kenyans are being served their “desert cold”. You are truly heartless. This wasn’t a CORD vs Jubilie moment, the terrorists couldn’t care less. Of those kenyans who lay dead on the streets most were also CORD supporters so I don’t see how anyone but the terrorists are getting revenge.

      You are the sort of supporters CORD would be better of without. All violence and no sense.

      • Kennedy Msema Kweli

        June 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

        Stop being myopic. uhuru and ruto are criminals.you can even see it in their eyes. They better confess their sins and come back to the Lord. Remember Nebuchadnezzar was so proud and ended up eating grass. dp ruto and p uhuru are CRIMINALS and are really messing up Kenya. GOD BLESS & PROTECT KENYA

        • Qwani

          June 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

          Which Church did you say you go to???

  9. Kwessi Pratt

    June 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Somebody is badly missing the point by playing blame games instead of offering security to thousands of citizens that desperately needs it. Whats so wrong about us Kenyans??

  10. Natty Dread

    June 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    A fish rots from the head. Who once said that Lugha ya MRC (secessionists) ni lughya ya Raila?

  11. Dr. Charles.

    June 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    mr. president this should not come from you sir. ” The sum total of these campaigns is to portray certain people as less human, and therefore less deserving of compassion and consideration, and perhaps, fair game for brutality and abuse.

    Such leaders divide instead of unite, scatter where they should gather, and destroy where they should build.

    They also make it easy for terrorists to operate comfortably among us, and to inflict murder and mayhem on innocent Kenyans.

    The attack in Lamu was well planned, orchestrated, and politically motivated ethnic violence against a Kenyan community, with the intention of profiling and evicting them for political reasons. This therefore, was not an Al Shabaab terrorist attack…..” a father shouldn’t say this to the children even after Al shabaab claimed responsibility.

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