Italian Serie A Update

Zlatan "Ibra" Ibrahimovic, AC Milan

Serie A Upcate

Second-placed Milan must play the other two top three teams sans Ibrahimovic who starts a three-match ban on Saturday. Milan will host Cesena and leaders Juve in successive league games at the San Siro. Ibra is AC Milan's best player and top score. And  forwards Pato and Antonio Cassano will also be on the sidelines.

Robinho has just three goals in 17 Serie A games.

Ibra with 15 goals in the league has scored more than double the number of goals as all Milan’s other strikers put together.

Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini remarked, “Ibrahimovic is a fundamental player and it will be important to understand how the team will react to his absence,” he said.

“However, last year we had some good performances without him.”

Milan host Arsenal in the Champions League second round, first leg on Wednesday.

“What I’m concerned about is the game against Udinese, it’s decisive because we need something different to change things around,” said the captain. “We can’t allow another match to pass without giving a certain sign.”

Milan trail Juve by a point in the league. Udinese are three points back in third.

Juve have beaten Milan twice this season, including Wednesday’s 2-1 Italian Cup semi-final, first leg success at the San Siro.

Juve captain Alessandro Del Piero remarked, “If we still needed proof that we should believe in ourselves and aim to go all the way in all our objectives this season, then the night at the San Siro gives us even more knowledge of our capabilities,” he said on his personal website.

“It’s not easy to beat a team like Milan at the San Siro and to do so in a two-legged elimination match is even more important, even though the fact it’s over two legs means we’re only halfway and still have to finish off the job at home.”

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