Zenit St. Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito believes midweek Champions League opponents Milan have 'improved in recent weeks'.
The Italy international, who joined the Russian champions from Genoa in 2011, is wary of the threat posed by Massimiliano Allegri's side, even if they have not made the best start to the campaign.
“Milan are much improved in recent times,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “We must take advantage of the few opportunities that Milan will give us. They have gone through a bad time recently, but they will make it difficult.
“We are playing well, and we hope to win the game. Milan though, have many good players and we will have to remain alert and focused.”
The 25-year-old also remarked on their Italian Coach Luciano Spaletti, who has been rumoured as a possible replacement for his Rossoneri counterpart.
“I don't think he will succeed Allegri. I know that the Coach is very happy in St. Petersburg, and has only just signed a three-year contract.”
Criscito's team will host the San Siro side on Wednesday, kick off 19.45 BST.