Ibrahimovic marked his return from his three match suspension by scoring a hat-trick in Milan’s 4-0 win over Palermo yesterday. The win coupled with Juve’s 1-1 home draw with Chievo pushed the Rossoneri 4 points clear at the top of the Serie A.
Of course Juve still have a game in hand which should they win will bring them level on points with Milan, however, the Bianconeri will still remain in second spot because of Milan’s superior goal advantage.
Ibra’s hat-trick brings him level on 18 goals with Udinese’s Antonio Di Natale as the leading top scorers in the league with 18 goals each though Di Natale could extend his lead if he scores today against Atalanta.
Speaking after the match, a happy but cautious Allegri said that despite being in the lead, Milan are not taking anything for granted.
“The team is doing well and is doing great things, especially after a less than happy start in February. At the moment we are in the lead, we will wait until Wednesday to see what the others will do,” Allegri said.
On Ibra’s performance, this is what he had to say:
“He is going through an excellent period, both from a psychological point of view and a physical one,”
“He had a great game, producing assists, giving a hand in covering, he’s confirming the great things he did last year.”
There is no doubt that the Serie A championship is now a two horse race between Milan and Juventus. With 12 games left to play, both sides cannot afford any slip ups.
Things are definitely going right for Milan who already have one foot in the Champions League quarter finals thanks to a 4-0 first leg advantage which they take to Emirates this Tuesday.
A look at their next 5 matches shows reveals that Allegri and his boys are well placed to defend their Title. Matches against Lecce, Parma, Catania, Roma and Fiorentina (Roma and Fiorentina at home), should not too hard for Milan judging by their current performance.
Juventus on the other hand have tough assignments in the form of Genoa, Fiorentina, Inter and Napoli as some of the club’s they face in their next league matches.
The title is definitely Milan’s to lose, however, i believe they will go one better than last season and win not only the league, but also the Champions League.
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