AC Milan will be looking to kickstart their Serie A campaign this weekend with Palermo the visitors to the San Siro.
The famous old club have had a sluggish start to the season and only have five points on the board after five games. On the other hand, their less glamorous opponents are sitting pretty in fourth with 10 points so far.
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Milan have only won one of their last four league encounters – a narrow San Siro victory over Cesena – and they will be hoping that their big guns are firing this weekend. After all, the natives won’t accept their team being in the bottom half of the table for too long.
Palermo’s form couldn’t be much different, with the Sicilian club only suffering one defeat in their last five and in contrast to AC, they’ll be going into Saturday’s contest full of confidence.
And there will be a bit of needle going into the match, with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini having some choice words for Milan stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano this week.
Ibrahimovic has remarkably said that he is growing tired of football and strike partner Cassano echoed the striker’s sentiments on Tuesday when he set his retirement date.
However, Zamparini believes their comments are merely a tactic to squeeze even more money out of the club before the January transfer window.
“I think they [Ibrahimovic and Cassano] want more money, they are so tired of earning a little wage,” Zamparini snapped, according to Ansa.it.
“In any case, I hope the Milan players who usually make a difference have a bad game against us.”
The action gets underway at 19:45 BST this Saturday evening and Milan will be desperate to bag the three points and make up ground on leaders Juventus. But after showing plenty of early season promise, Palermo will be no pushovers.