Italian Serie A club AC Milan are relying on Zlatan Ibrahimovic-effect to save their season in the Italian Cup starting this week. As Five-time winner Milan started the first cup trophy since 2003 at home with the last 16 ties against SPAL. Ibrahimovic scored his opening goal of the season in the first half with a 2–0 win over Cagliari with Milan on Saturday. So AC Milan looking at Ibrahimovic’s effect to rescue their Italian Cup.
“Not here, I will be celebrating like a god in San Siro,” said the 38-year-old Ibrahimovic After he scored the first goal in Milan’s jersey since May 2012.
Coach Stefano Pillo said that the Swedish star, although “not yet his hundred percent”, was “an important factor that can stimulate and encouraged his partner.”
AC Milan counting on Ibrahimovic boost in Italian Cup
AC Milan will be counting on the Zlatan Ibrahimovic-effect to rescue their season in the Italian Cup starting this week. pic.twitter.com/DCWQXwthcY
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AC Milan, who are 10 points away from the Champions League spots, is a favorite in their field but the downsides SPAL shockingly won their third win of the season as they beating Torino 2–1 last month. The winners will take on Torino in the quarter-finals on Thursday by beating Walter Mazzarri’s colleague Genoa 5–3 on penalties. As both teams were tied 1-1 after extra-time.
While Lazio begins his title defense at home against Cremonese, one of the two sides of the Serie B is still in dispute. Lazio is in the rhythm of a 10-match win in the Italian League and lifted the Italian Supercup trophy in Saudi Arabia after beating Juventus last month.
38, 100 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38 years and 100 days) is the fifth oldest goalscorer in Serie A for AC Milan after Costacurta, Maldini, Inzaghi and Liedholm. Endless. #CagliariMilan pic.twitter.com/62po0DL18t
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Thirteen-time record holder Juventus welcomed assistant Serie A team Udinese, ending the Atlanta quarter-finals last season, after their four-year reign.
Bergamo lost 2–0 to Lazio in the final. Atlanta’s only Cup win returned to travel to Fiorentina in 1963, with Inter Milan at home against top-flight Cagliari. Roma is second in their history after Juventus, scoring a total of nine since 2008. However, Paolo Fonseca’s team will travel to Parma on Thursday.