Ibrahimovic set for Milan derby, Ronaldo in quarantine as Serie A returns


Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepares to return in Saturday’s Milan derby however Juventus will likely be with out Cristiano Ronaldo as Serie A swings again into motion after the worldwide break within the shadow of coronavirus.

In per week the place Napoli had been deducted some extent and handed a 3-0 defeat to Juventus for failing to show up for his or her match due to two virus circumstances, Covid-19 seems to be set to be a game-changer in a season already in turmoil going into spherical 4.

“The true victory is to complete the championship, the result’s secondary,” stated Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini as his group headed again into isolation after Weston McKennie examined optimistic with Ronaldo returning with the virus from worldwide responsibility in Portugal.

However Ibrhahimovic has recovered and is eager to select up the place he left off after a double in opposition to Bologna earlier than his sickness, but additionally to make up for AC Milan’s defeat in opposition to Inter final season. 

Ibrahimovic scored again in February just for Inter to energy again and win a pulsating derby 4-2 within the San Siro.

The Swede has not performed a recreation since September 21, however the 39-year-old continued to coach intensely throughout quarantine.

Despite his absence, Milan have made a good begin to the season, having climbed to second, with three wins from three video games and reaching the group levels of the Europa League.

Stefano Pioli’s aspect are second behind Atalanta who even have three wins, however a formidable 13 objectives scored.

Inter Milan, in the meantime, have six gamers in isolation — Ashley Younger, Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar, Radja Nainggolan, Roberto Gagliardini and Ionut Radu — as they chase a fifth straight derby win.

Antonio Conte’s aspect have seven factors from three matches, with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez hitting six of Inter’s ten objectives up to now.

Conte has by no means misplaced to Pioli in Serie A.

Atalanta face a fiery journey to a Napoli aspect livid on the “injustice” of their punishment which pushed them right down to eighth after successful their first two matches.

Napoli are interesting the choice, and are boosted with all gamers having examined unfavorable within the newest spherical of checks. 

Champions Juventus head south to promoted Crotone with out Ronaldo, having moved as much as fourth place after being handed the win over Napoli.

Regardless of his group being in isolation Juventus president Andrea Agnelli is assured the season can “end easily” even when he believes everyone seems to be ready for brand spanking new coach Andrea Pirlo to fall flat.

“Everone cannot look forward to a few defeats,” stated Agnelli. “As quickly as we stumble they’ll attempt to hit Juventus.”

That appears unlikely for the nine-time reigning champions in opposition to Crotone who’re all-time low with ten objectives conceded in three video games.

Genoa, with 10 gamers nonetheless isolating of 18 contaminated, head for Verona on Monday, after their final recreation in opposition to Torino was postponed.

The north-western port aspect fell 6-0 defeat in Naples final trip earlier than the virus engulfed the group.

One to look at

Italy winger Federico Chiesa may make his first league begin for Juventus since his 60 million euros ($71 million) transfer from Fiorentina.

The 22-year-old is taken into account one in all Italy’s hottest prospects and scored 11 instances and made seven assists in 37 appearances in all competitions for Fiorentina within the 2019/20 marketing campaign.

Key stats

13 – Atalanta’s objectives in three video games

6 – Antonio Conte’s derby wins in Italy

1 – Napoli’s level deduction



Napoli v Atalanta (1300GMT), Inter Milan v AC Milan (1600), Sampdoria v Lazio (1600), Crotone v Juventus (1845GMT). 


Bologna v Sassuolo (1030GMT), Spezia v Fiorentina (1300), Torino v Cagliari (1300), Udinese v Parma (1600), Roma v Benevento (1845GMT). 


Verona v Genoa (1845GMT) 




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