Ibrahimovic set to make AC Milan debut
AC Milan's new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has wasted little time in making his intentions clear for the his first season with the Italian club.
The former Inter Milan and Juventus striker joined Milan from Barcelona in one of the off-season's most highly publicized transfers and is likely to make his first appearance on Saturday at Cesena.
"I've come to Milan to win many trophies and the Champions League is our target for the season. However, the Champions League is determined by small details and luck," Ibrahimovic said. "I've seen teams win it that you would never have thought could."
Milan beat Lecce 4-0 on the opening weekend with a brace from Alexandre Pato and a goal apiece from Thiago Silva and Filippo Inzaghi.
Ibrahimovic will link up with Brazilian trio Ronaldinho, Pato and fellow new signing Robinho in attack, but the Swede holds no fear that their playing together will unbalance the team.
"Attack is always the best form of defence. That is my philosophy," he said. "I've been used to pressure since I was a boy, but this time it will different. With Milan and everything the club expects, it is something else."
Milan, defending Serie A champion Inter and AS Roma all play on Saturday to give them an extra day to prepare for the first round of Champions League matches in midweek.
Inter played out a disappointing 0-0 draw at Bologna on the season's opening day, and Rafa Benitez's team now travels to an Udinese side which lost 1-0 to Genoa in its first game.
Last season's runner-up Roma will also try to bounce back from its lacklustre start to the season, away to Cagliari.
Roma drew 0-0 draw at home to Cesena and is without defender John Arne Riise, who sustained a concussion after colliding with Norway teammate Espen Ruud during training and is expected to be out of action for 20 days.
Juventus will host Sampdoria with the pressure already on new coach Luigi Delneri following a 1-0 defeat to Bari in the opening round.
Alberto Aquilani is set to make his debut for Juventus after he joined on loan from Liverpool.
"I am ready, I feel well and I am delighted that the fans were pleased with my signing," Aquilani said. "I am here to stay, even if I only arrived in Turin on loan."
Also this weekend, it is; Brescia versus Palermo, Catania versus Parma, Genoa versus Chievo Verona, Lazio versus Bologna, Lecce versus Fiorentina and Napoli versus Bari.