AC Milan getting over poor season start

2011-10-20 09:28

Rome – Back-to-back victories have improved the morale of Italian champions AC Milan and, more importantly, of their striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swede international was on target yesterday in a 2-0 beating of BATE Borisov, which kept the Rossoneri level with holders Barcelona at the top of their Champions League qualification group.

The goal and a convincing showing, following the one in last weekend’s 3-0 drubbing of Palermo, led “Ibra” to deny declarations of a waning interest for football, which he hinted at after a 2-0 defeat at Juventus.

“If we play as we did today, the future is bright,” Ibra said. “I am a professional. I am fine at Milan. Do I look like someone who is bored?”

Vice-president Adriano Galliani said he is convinced that Milan, now trailing four points from the top, “will come back in the home league and advance (to the knock-out stage) in the Champions League because we have worthy players”.

The Devils’ chase of joint leaders Juve and Udinese continues on Sunday away to southern-Italy minnows Lecce. The European mid-week round was positive also for Inter Milan, who top their group after a good 1-0 win at French champions Lille. The Nerazzurri look now to improve their embarrassing four-point tally Sunday at home to Chievo.

Juve and Udinese, on 12 points from six games, have seemingly simple games, with the Turin giants at home to Genoa late Saturday and the joint leaders hosting promoted Novara on Sunday – Udinese, though, have an Europa League match with Atletico Madrid today.

Europa League duty awaits also Lazio, away to Zurich ahead of a late-Sunday game at Bologna. Saving energies is an issue also for Napoli after a 1-1 home draw to German giants Bayern Munich kept them on course to qualification in the Champions League.

The Naples side on Sunday visit in-form Cagliari, lying next to Lazio one point from the top – Napoli having one less point.
Fiorentina and Catania open the round Saturday. On Sunday, Roma host Palermo, Parma tackle Atalanta and Siena welcome Cesena.

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