Sport Is Zlatan the man to stop Conte's record-chasing Milan derby run?

11:40  17 october  2020
11:40  17 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepares to return in Saturday's Milan derby but Juventus will be without Cristiano Ronaldo Ibrahimovic scored back in February, only for Inter to power back and win a pulsating derby 4-2 Antonio Conte ' s side have seven points from three matches, with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro

Milan and Merseyside derbies take place on Saturday and there' s the Old Firm. He can't stop scoring and his England goal against Wales took him to double figures for the campaign already. At the opposite end of the pitch from the in-form Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available for Milan and

Inter will be hoping to equal records when they meet Milan in the first derby of the 2020-21 season on Saturday.

Antonio Conte, Zlatan Ibrahimovic are posing for a picture: Antonio Conte (L) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic © Getty Images Antonio Conte (L) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Nerazzurri have won the past four Serie A meetings with their city rivals and have only twice managed to win five in succession, in both 1979 and 1983.

They are also unbeaten in nine home league games against the Rossoneri, winning six and drawing three. Stretching that run to 10 would equal another club record.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is poised to seal a sensational return to Manchester United. The striker was let go after injuring himself at the end of the 2016/17 season. The plate of chicken salad, with a little label that said ‘ Zlatan ’, lay on the canteen counter at Manchester United’ s Aon Training Complex.

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Meanwhile, Antonio Conte is bidding to become the first Inter coach in history to win his first three derbies in all competitions and, given they won two and drew one of their first three games in 2020-21, it would take a brave soul to bet against them.

A brave soul is just who Milan have leading the line.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now cleared to play after missing four games in all competitions following a positive coronavirus test, has reasons to feel confident against his old club.

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The veteran has been involved in five goals (four scored, one assisted) in four league games for Milan against Inter, even though three of those fixtures ended in defeats.

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The former Milan , Real Madrid and Chelsea boss is under fire in Italy, after a player mutiny and Bent told Bologna set to target Kean as Zlatan alternative. Ljungberg has been unable to stop the rot since taking over, with one point from two games against bottom-half teams in Norwich and Brighton.

Manchester United managed to win their third game in a row in the Premier League after a series of poor form, and Jose Mourinho was pleased with the way his team performed in the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Among active players, nobody can match his goal tally in this Serie A fixture: four with Milan, and two with Inter. A particularly profitable outing at San Siro would get him closer to the all-time record of 12, held by the esteemed former striker Giuseppe Meazza.

Beyond the goal threat, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma says Ibrahimovic's mere presence makes the prospect of facing Inter – a team they have not beaten in the league in almost five years – less intimidating.

"We all wanted him to be part of the match and that is the case. With Ibra on the pitch, Inter are less scary," the 21-year-old said.

"He is excited for the derby and will help us. Doing well in the derby would give us a lot of strength in terms of the championship; we are still at the beginning but it can give us strength."

Ibrahimovic certainly has a head for the occasion. Since his return to the club in January, only Edin Dzeko (23) and Andrea Belotti (20) have attempted more headed shots than Ibrahimovic (19), while no player has scored more headed goals (4).

Inter might be favourites, particularly given the form of Romelu Lukaku, who boasts league-leading figures of a goal for every 1.7 shots in Serie A this year among players to have at least 15 attempts on target. But there is no denying that, in 2020, Milan have found their groove.

Only Atalanta (56) have taken more points this year in Serie A and Stefano Pioli's men are on a 23-game scoring streak in the league, their best since 1973. Indeed, since the coronavirus-enforced hiatus, no teams have scored more goals than the giants of Lombardy's capital, who have each hit 42.

Milan are also chasing league win number 1,400, a tally only Inter and Juventus have previously reached. What better occasion to hit that milestone?

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has more impact on transalpine football than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Alberto Zaccheroni. © Panoramic Zlatan Ibrahimovic Milan It was inevitable, comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are starting to pour in in Serie A and at the moment they are not in favor of the Portuguese star. " In Italy, Zlatan has changed the balance more than Ronaldo. It is no coincidence that many young players have grown exponentially since his arrival.

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