Milan can outplay Juventus: Honda

Sinisa Mihajlovic's side hosts the Serie A leader on Saturday knowing that a defeat will all but end its lingering hopes of finishing in the Champions League places this season.

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AC Milan playmaker Keisuke Honda.

Keisuke Honda insists AC Milan is capable of beating Juventus by playing an attractive brand of football. Sinisa Mihajlovic's side hosts the Serie A leader on Saturday knowing that a defeat will all but end its lingering hopes of finishing in the Champions League places this season.

Juve has won all but one of its 21 league games since a 1-0 defeat to Sassuolo on October 28 and boasts a six-point gap at the top of the table, while sixth-placed Milan is 14 points off the top three.

However, though he would accept a defeat if it meant Milan could win the Coppa Italia final against the defending champion, Honda is confident of his side's chances at San Siro.

"Everything is possible. Even beating Juventus," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "It will be difficult but we have to believe in ourselves. Juventus are stronger than us, but we played well against Napoli, Roma and Inter.

"Juventus are strong, we know that. They are the number one team in Italy. But we want to beat them by playing well, and we'll have to close spaces, then who knows. Football is nice because often things turn out differently. There are different ways to win and we must be ready to adapt to how the match develops."

When asked if he would prefer to lose and then lift the Coppa, he added: "Yes, if I have to choose, no doubt. But I'd like to win both games."

Honda highlighted Juve's formidable defence as its best asset but professed that he prefers the way in which second-placed Napoli plays the game. "Their defence is their main strength. Juventus is the classic Italian team," he said. "I prefer the way Napoli plays: that's my kind of style."

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