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26 apr 2005 - Source:

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The Italian morning papers obviously pay a great deal of attention to tonight’s crucial semi final clash in Milan. Below you will find a survey of some of the headlines and the previews. La Gazzetto dello SportRuud Gullit warns the Italians in La Gazzetta dello Sport to be wary of the PSV midfield "That’s their main strength” claims the former player of both PSV and AC Milan. The famous pink newspaper published an interview with 'the black tulip', including a picture dating back from the time he served PSV. "Milan have gained more experience, but Guus Hiddink is a great master. He know how to play 'Italian football'" Gullit gave an honest answer to the question which side he hoped would win 'Il mio cuore dà favorito il Milan', "In my heart of hearts Milan are favourites". Apart from the interview with the Gullit, the papers published many pages full of information on tonight’s clash. They paid attention to the meeting of the two Brazilian goalkeepers Dida and Gomes, a story on Andrea Pirlo, the super attack Kakà-Shevchenko-Crespo and an article on Jaap Stam. La Gazzetta also rakes up the Italy-South Korea game, during which Guus Hiddink coached South Korea to a World Cup 2002 semi final place. Maldini, Gattuso and Inzaghi, who all made an appearance, surely want to take revenge tonight. The Koreans knocked out Italy 2-1, thanks to a golden goal, scored by Ahn. La Gazzetta spent one full page to emphasize these old sentiments.Starting line-upsNearly all Italian papers - Corriere dello sport, TS and the Gazzetta - agree on the starting line-up. Stam and Maldini will start in defence and Pirlo will return from injury. The three forwards stars Crespo, Kàka and Shevchenko will be played as strikers. According to the Italian sports press, PSV will play Jefferson Farfán up front, and Ji-Sung Park and DaMarcus Beasley will be his strike partners. Young-Pyo Lee is generally expected to play a major part, as he is the most likely candidate to force Cafu.