Monday September 17 2012
Spalletti: Milan favourites

Zenit St. Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti expects Milan to top their Champions League group, despite their troubles.

The Diavolo have lost two of their first three Serie A fixtures but former Roma Coach Spalletti still expects them to be the frontrunners in Group C.

“Milan are favourites for the group,” he told a press conference today. “I thought that when I saw the draw.

“It is true that they have lost two very good players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, but there are other elements that make Milan a great side.”

Zenit are in a much stronger position financially than Milan, as illustrated by the fact that whereas Milan had to sell Ibrahimovic and Silva to Paris Saint-Germain for €62m this summer, they could afford to splash €80m on Hulk and Alex Witsel from Porto and Benfica respectively.

The Russian champions take on Malaga in their opening group stage fixture tomorrow night. They welcome the Rossoneri to the Petrovsky Stadium on October 3.