Alessandro Nesta has underlined how vital Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to Milan's Scudetto bid this term.
Ibra was a surprise signing from Barcelona over the summer and his goals, as well as assists, have catapulted the Rossoneri to the top of Serie A.
"He is a really important player for this team," the veteran Italian defender noted after the Swede scored in last night's 1-0 win over former club Inter.
"He can keep hold of the ball, he runs around a lot and pressurises opposing defenders. He really is a good player."
The derby win over the Nerazzurri has seen Milan gain first place in the standings – one point above Lazio and five ahead of Napoli.
"It was an important victory as we went six points clear of Inter and we hadn't beaten them in a derby for a little while," Nesta continued.
"We were missing a night like that and fortunately it arrived.
"Even after we were reduced to 10-men, following the dismissal of Ignazio Abate, we didn't really run any risks."
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!