Serie A review

Ibrahimovic primed for AC Milan debut

September 9, 2010

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready for his AC Milan debut on Saturday as the Rossoneri look to claim the second straight win at the start of the season when they play at newly-promoted Cesena.

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Ibrahimovic joined Milan last week from Barcelona and is eager to start playing for his new club.

"We have one of the best striking forces in the world,'' said Ibrahimovic. "I want to repay the fans for their great reception. I hope to score at least 25 goals this season although the most important thing is for the team to win.''

Ibrahimovic, who played for Milan's city rivals Inter before leaving for Spain last year, is competing with Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho for a place in the starting XI. The Brazilians shone in Milan's 4-0 triumph over Lecce in their Serie A opener, which was Massimiliano Allegri's first game in charge of Milan.

Defending champions Inter go in search of their first league win against Udinese on Saturday. The Nerazzurri were held to a goalless draw at Bologna in their opener. Inter coach Rafael Benitez will be hoping for an improved performance from his players.

Juventus are looking to halt a poor run of form when they square off against Sampdoria, with their last league victory having come back on April 25. Luigi Del Neri's men fell to a 1-0 defeat at Bari on day one of the campaign.

Roma will not be taking Cagliari lightly when they make the trip to Sardinia this weekend. Last season's runners-up were held to a 2-2 draw on their last trip there.

Fiorentina will be without suspended Alessandro Gamberini and Juan Vargas when they travel to Lecce on Sunday. The Viola have not won on the road since March 11.

Genoa are in buoyant mood going into their home game against Chievo following a 1-0 triumph at Udinese. That victory was especially sweet for the Grifoni as they won just three times away from home in their 19 road games last season.

Bari will look for their first Serie A win at Napoli since 1959.

Meanwhile, Alberto Malesani will make his coaching debut with Bologna when they travel to Rome to face Lazio. Malesani replaced Franco Colomba, who was sacked on the eve of his team's opener against Inter.

Parma will have to overcome the absence of striker Alberto Paloschi when they visit Catania. Paloschi sustained a muscular injury while on international duty with Italy's under-21 team last week.

Palermo are still without last season's top scorer Fabrizio Miccoli because of injury as they go after a first win off the season when travelling to Brescia.