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Merkel takes aim at AC Milan

9 July 2012 10:54

Genoa midfielder Alexander Merkel believes AC Milan threw away the Scudetto to Juventus last season.

The Rossoneri led the title race for much of the season, but after a collapse late in the campaign, the Juventus were able to steal a march and win the league.

And Merkel, who spent time at AC Milan late last season, feels that Massimiliano Allegri's side have nobody but themselves to blame.

"We had the title in our hands, and gambled on it, which was, of course, all the more bitter," he told Goal.com.

"With a few games remaining, we were in first place, but Juve were champions. Otherwise, I'd be celebrating my second championship.

"I definitely had a good time there, and I enjoyed myself."

The Germany youth international was previously co-owned by Genoa and Milan, but with his rights fully transferred to the Rossoblu, Merkel wants to make an impact for the club next season.

"Milan and Genoa have come to an agreement, and my rights are now 100 per cent owned by Genoa," he said.

We have a good team, I'm looking forward to it. Let's see what the new season brings.

"Life goes on and I want to take my chance at Genoa. I want to go through the training camp and get fit, then we'll see what happens.

"In football you never know. I'm not currently [in discussions with other clubs], but that's what my management is for. I only focus on football."

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +27 39
2 16 +17 36
3 16 +9 27
4 16 +8 27
5 16 +8 27
6 16 +6 26
7 16 +7 25
8 16 +8 24
9 16 -2 22
10 16 -4 22
11 16 +2 21
12 16 -4 20
13 16 -5 17
14 16 -6 17
15 16 -9 17
16 16 -7 16
17 16 -10 15
18 16 -8 12
19 16 -17 9
20 16 -20 6

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