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Milan must fight Juventus for Scudetto - Calhanoglu

Goal.com logo Goal.com 19-07-2017

AC Milan have splashed over €200 million in the summer transfer window so far and their spending spree isn’t going to end soon with them expecting to rope in a star striker.

This was after Yonghong Lee’s Chinese-led consortium Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux completed the takeover of the Milan giants.

Following a disappointing pre-season outing in Guangzhou where they lost 3-1 to a strong Borussia Dortmund outfit, new signing Hakan Calhanoglu stated that the Chinese Revolution at the club is indeed a good project.

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“Yes, it is a good project. We have a new team. We need time to for the new players to (gel) with the old players. The first game is on the 27th (against CS U Craiova in Europa League). It was a good test for us against Dortmund. We play again against Bayern Munich. So we test against (the best) and afterwards we will see what comes,” said the attacking midfielder to Goal.

Milan have a problem of plenty this season with several players, namely Suso, Giacomo Bonaventura, Andre Silva, Franck Kessie and Calhanoglu, known to be experts in taking free-kicks.

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On being questioned as to who would be given responsibility from set-piece situations, the former Bayer Leverkusen player answered, “Montella will tell who will take the free-kick this season. (Today) in the game, it was me. I hope I can take the free-kicks.”

Calhanoglu pointed that the onus is on Milan to challenge the dominance of Juventus in Serie A with the Turin-based club having won the title for the last six consecutive seasons. The last Italian team to have won the league other than Juventus was Milan back in 2010-11, incidentally under current Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.

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“Yes, we must (challenge for the title) because we have very good team this year. The fans are very good and behind us. So I hope we do it for the fans,” said the 23-year-old.

Milan next travel to Shenzen to take on Bayern Munich this Saturday in their second game of the International Champions Cup.

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