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Ibra targets Milan Treble

May 8, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has targeted Champions League glory with AC Milan next season but only after adding the Coppa Italia to the Rossoneri's first Serie A title in seven years.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now finished top of the table in his past eight seasons with five clubs in three different countries.
GettyImagesZlatan Ibrahimovic has now finished top of the table in his past eight seasons with five clubs in three different countries.

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Milan held Roma to a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night to capture their first league crown since 2004 and now Massimiliano Allegri's team turn their attention to Tuesday's Coppa Italia semi-final return leg at Palermo.

The Rossoneri were held to a 2-2 draw by Palermo in the opening leg at the San Siro but should they win the cup, Ibrahimovic is already eyeing up a Treble next season.

''Now we just have to focus on the Coppa Italia,'' Ibrahimovic said. ''We hope to do well on Tuesday and get to the final, then we will think about next season's aims. Next year we want to win three titles.''

Ibrahimovic, who joined Milan last summer from Barcelona, was in ecstatic mood after clinching his third Italian title, despite missing five key games through suspension this year. ''I have won the Scudetto with the three top teams in Italy (Juventus, Inter and AC Milan),'' the Swede said.

''I have been six years in Italy and I have always won. I want to thank Milan president Silvio Berlusconi for bringing me to Milan and for allowing me to return to smile. I came to Milan to win and we have done that. I hope to make history with Milan, I am very happy here.''

Ibrahimovic, who returned to play on Saturday after serving a three-match ban, is Milan's joint-leading scorer alongside Alessandro Pato with 14 goals. ''We are a great team,'' he said. ''Even when I didn't play, the team won.

''We have overcome difficult times. I am saddened to have missed five games through suspension. Now we hope to win on Tuesday and then celebrate with our fans next weekend.''

Milan host Cagliari next Saturday before ending the campaign at Udinese on May 22. Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini, meanwhile, hopes his side can get the job done in Palermo before returning home next weekend.

''We are really motivated to reach the Coppa Italia final,'' he said. ''We will have time to celebrate the league title with our fans next weekend. 'Right now our focus is on the match at Palermo.

''I think the key to us winning the title is that we've had the strength to change our style of play so many times. We have all contributed to this success, it has been a team effort all throughout the season.''