Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Soccer: Milan are 'coming back' after Zenit win


(ANSA) - Milan, October 4 - AC Milan are confident they are
putting their poor early-season form behind them after beating
Zenit St. Petersburg 3-2 in the Champions League.
The seven-time European champions, who beat Cagliari 2-0 in
Serie A last week to notch their first home win of the season,
defeated the Russian champions on Wednesday thanks to strikes by
Urby Emanuelson and in-form 19-year-old Stephan El Shaarawy and
a Tomas Hubocan own goal.
"We are coming back," said Milan Chief Executive Adriano
Galliani, who added that "this will be the year of El Shaarawy".
Coach Massimiliano Allegri, who has been in danger of
losing his job according to press reports, was hopeful the win
could be a turning point.
"This is a new team that has had some problems," he said.
"We needed a victory and we managed to achieve it".
Milan sold their two best players, Sweden striker Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and Brazil defender Thiago Silva, to Paris
Saint-Germain in the close season.
They also bid farewell to several long-serving veterans,
including centre back Alessandro Nesta and midfielders Clarence
Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso.
Milan are 11th in Serie A with seven points from six games,
nine points behind front-runners Juventus and Napoli.
After drawing their opening European game 0-0 at home with
Anderlecht, Allegri's men are second in Champions League Group C
with four points, two points behind leaders Malaga.

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