Security tight for Juventus-AC Milan match in Turin

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November 21, 2015
Sevilla's Timothee Kolodziejczak (left) and Juventus' Paul Pogba fight for the ball during their Champions League group D match at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, on September 30.

ROME, AP:

It's been quite a week for Juventus players Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba and Sami Khedira, who were all on international duty when explosions occurred outside the Stade de France a week ago.

Today, the three are

expected to start against AC Milan in a highly anticipated Series A match.

Security will be tight at the Juventus Stadium, with Madonna also playing in Turin this weekend and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi slated to be in the city, which is located little more than an hour's drive from the French border.

A capacity crowd of more than 40,000 fans is expected.

"It's a delicate moment in the history of the world, but surely tomorrow we will play in complete security," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday. "I've thought a lot about what happened in Paris, and I spoke to Khedira, Pogba and Evra, who were there. I found them fairly calm."

Khedira was on Germany's squad while Pogba and Evra were with France's team.

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Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic likened the situation after the deadly terror attacks in Paris to the war he experienced in the former Yugoslavia.

"At least there you knew who was attacking you and where the danger was coming from. There were bombs and curfews," Mihajlovic said.

"Here you don't know what to expect. You go to a restaurant or a stadium and they shoot at you."

Mihajlovic, the son of a Croatian mother and a Serbian father, recalled how residents defended the last standing bridge in Belgrade during the war in the 1990s.

"The people defended it with their own bodies, 24 hours a day 10,000 to 15,000 people. They held concerts and went with their children, hoping that they wouldn't blow it up," Mihajlovic said. "And they didn't bomb it.

"Now the goal of the terrorists is to make us live in terror. We can't be overcome by

terror," Mihajlovic added.

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