Ibrahimovic aiming high with AC Milan
AC Milan's new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has wasted little time in making his intentions clear for the his first season with the Italian club.
The former Inter Milan and Juventus striker joined Milan from Barcelona in one of the offseason's most highly publicized transfers and is likely to make his first appearance on Saturday at Cesena.
"I've come to Milan to win many trophies and the Champions League is our target for the season. However, the Champions League is determined by small details and luck," Ibrahimovic said. "I've seen teams win it that you would never have thought could."
Milan beat Lecce 4-0 on the opening weekend with a brace from Alexandre Pato and a goal apiece from Thiago Silva and Filippo Inzaghi.
Ibrahimovic will link up with Ronaldinho, Pato and fellow new signing Robinho in attack, but the Swede holds no fear that their playing together will unbalance the team.
"Attack is always the best form of defense. That is my philosophy," he said. "I've been used to pressure since I was a boy, but this time it will different. With Milan and everything the club expects, it is something else."
Milan, Serie A champion Inter and AS Roma all play on Saturday to give them an extra day to prepare for the Champions League first round of matches in midweek.
Inter played out a disappointing draw on the season's opening day, 0-0 away to Bologna.
Now Rafael Benitez's charges travel away to an Udinese side which lost 1-0 to Genoa in its first game.
Last season's runner up Roma will also try to bounce back from its lackluster start to the season, away to Cagliari.
Roma drew 0-0 draw at home to Cesena and is without fullback John Arne Riise, who spent a night in hospital after colliding with Norway teammate Espen Ruud during training and is expected to be out of action for 20 days.
"No one is tougher than you and what would trouble others is just a few days rest for you," Roma captain Francesco Totti wrote on his Web site. "The important thing is that you get better and come back soon my friend."
Juventus will host Sampdoria with the pressure already on new coach Luigi Delneri following a 1-0 defeat to Bari in the opening round of matches.
Alberto Aquilani is set to make his debut for Juventus after he joined on loan from Liverpool.
"I am ready, I feel well and I am delighted that the fans were pleased with my signing," Aquilani said. "I am here to stay, even if I only arrived in Turin on loan."
Also this weekend, it is; Brescia vs. Palermo, Catania vs. Parma, Genoa vs. Chievo Verona, Lazio vs. Bologna, Lecce vs. Fiorentina and Napoli vs. Bari.