Zlatan Ibrahimovic must prove he wants to play for Sweden again before head coach Janne Andersson considers recalling the in-form Milan striker.

The 39-year-old recently hinted he is ready to end his international retirement by posting an image of himself in a Sweden top on social media, captioned: "Long time no see".

However, Andersson was quick to rule out a return earlier this month after leaving Ibrahimovic out of his latest squad and stating that "the matter is closed".

With Ibrahimovic lighting up Serie A once again this term, though, Andersson appears to have paved the way for a sensational return ahead of next year's rearranged Euro 2020.

"First, it is necessary that he himself wants to be involved in the national team project," Andersson told Aftonbladet. "In 2016 he told me clearly he no longer wants to be part of it.

"I respected his choice then and over the years since. He has to be the one who says he wants to come back. If that is the case, it will then be up to me to decide."

Ibrahimovic is Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 62 goals in 116 matches but has not played for the Nordic nation since a 1-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016.

And Andersson questioned whether the former Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United star is serious about reversing his international hiatus.

"We haven't seen each other for a while," Andersson said. "I don't follow him on social media, but in any case I don't care what he says on there or how he says it.

"I know what he told me and what we agreed when he left the national team. Since then, nothing has changed from my perspective."

After two years in MLS with Los Angeles Galaxy, Ibrahimovic returned to European football with Milan in January on an initial six-month deal that has been extended until the end of 2020-21.

He has been in phenomenal form in his second spell with the Italian giants, scoring 20 times in 24 Serie A outings this calendar year - only Ciro Immobile (23 in 27) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29 in 24) have managed more.

The evergreen striker scored twice in Milan's 3-1 win over Napoli on Sunday before limping off with a hamstring injury, becoming the oldest player to net at least 10 goals in the first eight Serie A matchdays.

His brace also saw him match Gunnar Nordahl for the second-most Serie A goals from the first eight games played of a season, only adrift of Marco Van Basten (12 in 1992-93).

"I can't say I'm so surprised," Andersson said. "If I were, it would mean I didn't believe in his potential. I'm very impressed Zlatan can continue to have this hunger and drive.

"He is really impressive, a great athlete, and by far Sweden's greatest player of all time. It is amazing what he is accomplishing, so hat off and congratulations to him."

Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic is better now than he was 10 to 12 years ago following his match-winning display for Milan.

Ibrahimovic scored twice as Milan returned to the top of the Serie A standings with a 3-1 win over 10-man Napoli on Sunday.

Evergreen Milan star Ibrahimovic became the oldest player to score at least 10 goals in the first eight Serie A matchdays, the 39-year-old surpassing Lazio's Silvio Piola (29 years old in 1942-43) for the record.

Ibrahimovic – who struck in the 20th and 54th minutes before hobbling off – also matched Gunnar Nordahl for second-most Serie A goals from the first eight games played of a season by a Milan player, only adrift of Marco Van Basten (12 in 1992-93).

Gattuso played alongside Ibrahimovic at Milan between 2010-12 – the pair helping the Rossoneri to their last Scudetto in 2011 – and the former hailed the veteran.

"Milan believe firmly in Ibra, they believe 100 per cent in what they are doing," Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. "He seems I think even stronger now than he was 10, 12 years ago.

"They put the crosses in because they know he'll get on the end of them. What we did today was create lots of chances and not believe in them fully.

"It's about mentality. Football is about helping each other out, clubbing together, having a kind, reassuring word for your team-mate when they're struggling.

"There are too many people who act like professors, who want to teach you everything. This hurts me."

Milan, two points clear of high-flying Sassuolo, have collected at least 20 points from the first eight matchdays for the second time in the three points for a win era – the Italian powerhouse also achieved the feat in 2003-04 as they went on to secure the Scudetto.

Napoli are six points off the pace in sixth position, having lost two of their past three Serie A fixtures.

Stand-in Milan boss Daniele Bonera said he is awaiting news on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injury sustained in Sunday's 3-1 victory over Napoli.

Ibrahimovic scored twice at Stadio San Paolo to take his tally for the Serie A season to 10 goals in six appearances before limping off 11 minutes from time.

The 39-year-old has been in inspired form for Milan since returning to the club in January, scoring 20 Serie A goals in 24 games – only Lazio's Ciro Immobile (23 in 27) and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (29 in 24) have managed more in 2020.

But Ibrahimovic, who missed nearly a month of action after contracting coronavirus earlier in the season, may now be facing another spell on the sidelines after pulling up with an apparent hamstring issue against Napoli.

"We don't have too much information right now," Bonera told Sky Sport Italia. "We will have to wait a few more days to see the extent of it."

Ibrahimovic's double made him the oldest player to score at least 10 goals in the first eight Serie A matchdays and put Milan two goals ahead against Napoli.

Dries Mertens pulled a goal back for the hosts but Napoli midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off against his former club 165 seconds later and it was left to substitute Jens Petter Hauge to seal the win for Milan with his maiden top-flight goal.

Bonera, placed in charge of Milan due to head coach Stefano Pioli and various other backroom staff members being struck down by COVID-19, was pleased to come away with a win that moved the Rossoneri two points clear at the Serie A summit.

"This is evidently an important victory, one that shows we are on the right track," he said. "But it's really premature at the eighth round to talk about what might happen in May.

"I spoke to Pioli after the game and he was very happy and got to see all the lads in the dressing room, too." 

Milan had just 37 per cent of the ball but still managed seven attempts on target against Napoli, whom they had previously failed to beat away from home in the league since 2010.

But while being happy with the way 2020-21 is panning out, Bonera was keen to put his side's title aspirations into some perspective.

"We've learned from the past not to underestimate any opponent," he said. "I consider Napoli to be a great team - they were up against another great team in Milan, but there are so many games still to play. It's too early to say anything.

"There are squads who invested and were built to challenge for the Scudetto. In all honesty, we were not built to win straight away, but it does allow us to grow game by game and that might be an advantage in a way.

"We have a great squad at our disposal and are aware that we're up there now and want to stay there for as long as possible. This isn't a flash in the pan - we started this work a long way back."

Sixth-placed Napoli have lost two of their last three league matches and boss Gennaro Gattuso questioned his side's lack of hunger following this latest setback.

"I see football in such a completely different way to when I was a player," he said. "What I cannot accept, however, is to see my team without the fire in their belly. 

"At the first sign of difficulty now, we complain to the referee, complain to each other for it not being the right pass, complain to bad luck, we complain to everyone.

"Quality is not enough in football, we need to focus and fight for every result. I know what's wrong and it is not a coincidence that when we go into a really important game, we falter. We have to think as a team, with one mind, not as individuals."

Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the oldest player to score at least 10 goals in the first eight Serie A matchdays on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic claimed a brace as the evergreen Rossoneri forward led the league leaders to a 3-1 victory at Gennaro Gattuso's Napoli.

Aged 39, Ibrahimovic made more history, surpassing Lazio's Silvio Piola (29 years old in 1942-43) for the record with a league-high 10 goals.

Ibrahimovic set the tone for Milan in Naples, where the visitors emerged victorious in Serie A for the first time since 2010.

Former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain star Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a stunning header in the 20th minute.

He doubled the lead nine minutes into the second half, getting on the end of Ante Rebic's cross before hobbling off with an apparent hamstring injury.

Ibrahimovic also matched Gunnar Nordahl for second-most Serie A goals from the first eight games played of a season, only adrift of Marco Van Basten (12 in 1992-93).

Jens Petter Hauge came off the bench and put the result beyond doubt in stoppage time, following Dries Mertens' 63rd-minute effort, as Milan returned to the top of the table.

Milan, two points clear of high-flying Sassuolo, have collected at least 20 points from the first eight matchdays for the second time in the three points for a win era – the Italian powerhouse also achieved the feat in 2003-04 as they went on to secure the Scudetto.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic maintained his scoring run with a goal in each half to help Milan earn a 3-1 win over 10-man Napoli that takes his side back to the top of Serie A.

Sassuolo moved to the summit earlier on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona but Milan responded with an Ibrahimovic-inspired victory at Stadio San Paolo to go two points clear.

The veteran striker headed in from 14 yards with 20 minutes played to score for the eighth league game running before kneeing in an unorthodox second after 54 minutes, but he worryingly limped off late on with a thigh injury.

Dries Mertens had responded for Napoli only for Tiemoue Bakayoko to be sent off 165 seconds later and Milan, without head coach Stefano Pioli and a number of other backroom staff members due to coronavirus, wrapped up the win through Jens Petter Hauge's debut Serie A goal in injury time to maintain their unbeaten start.

Returning Napoli keeper Alex Meret pushed Hakan Calhanoglu's shot past the post and Simon Kjaer shinned wide from the resulting corner as Milan made a positive start.

The visitors did not have to wait long to make the breakthrough as Ibrahimovic got in front of Kalidou Koulibaly and headed Theo Hernandez's left-sided cross away from Meret.

Gianluigi Donnarumma produced fine saves to deny Dries Mertens and Hirving Lozano, either side of Giovanni Di Lorenzo firing against the crossbar, as Napoli initially responded well.

Those missed chances for Napoli would prove costly as Ibrahimovic converted Ante Rebic's floated delivery from underneath the crossbar to give his side some breathing space.

Ibrahimovic had an instant third rightly ruled out for offside and Napoli gave themselves hope when Mertens turned Alessio Romagnoli and beat Donnarumma with his shot.

But a clumsy challenge from Bakayoko on Theo saw the ex-Milan midfielder pick up a second yellow and Napoli failed to create any more clear-cut openings.

Ibrahimovic pulled up in what will be a big concern for the absent Pioli but substitute Hauge squeezed a shot past Meret from a tight angle to seal the three points.

The international break has given Zlatan Ibrahimovic a chance to rest both mentally and physically, says Milan assistant Daniele Bonera. 

Ibrahimovic has eight goals and one assist in five Serie A appearances for Milan this term, his most recent strike earning his side a dramatic 2-2 draw against Hellas Verona. 

However, the 39-year-old missed his third penalty of the season in the same game and later admitted he was feeling tired. 

Bonera feels the two-week period without club fixtures came at the perfect time for Ibrahimovic, who missed nearly a month of action earlier in the campaign after testing positive for coronavirus. 

"He needed to have a break mentally," said Bonera, who will be in charge for Sunday's trip to Napoli as Stefano Pioli continues to self-isolate after he contracted COVID-19.

"He has always presented himself as a team leader and he is someone whose importance is known." 

With his goal against Verona, Ibrahimovic became the first player to score in seven consecutive Serie A appearances for Milan in the three-points-per-win era. 

He has 18 goals in 23 Serie A outings since returning to San Siro in January, a tally bettered only by Ciro Immobile (23 in 27 games) and Cristiano Ronaldo (27 in 23). 

The ex-Sweden international recently stated he will let Franck Kessie take the next penalty following his latest miss and Bonera is happy to go along with that decision. 

"If he said Kessie will take it then I raise my hands. If that's what he said then it will be Franck," Bonera said at Saturday's pre-match news conference. 

While Ibrahimovic ranks highly for Serie A goals scored in the calendar year, only Luis Alberto (75) and Papu Gomez (77) have created more chances than Hakan Calhanoglu's tally of 73 over the same period of time. 

The attacking midfielder has been unable to agree a new deal with Milan and is due to become a free agent at the end of the season, but Bonera has no doubt about the player's commitment while talks continue. 

"We are very happy with the performance of Calhanoglu," he said. "I don't want to speak about his contract but yesterday he made me understand that he cares about this shirt." 

Milan are winless in their last 11 league encounters with Napoli and have won only one of their 14 top-flight meetings at Stadio San Paolo this century.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play up to the age of 50 even on one leg, according to Roma legend Francesco Totti.

Veteran striker Ibrahimovic is still tormenting defences in Serie A at the age of 39 and has eight goals in five league appearances for a Milan side who sit top of the table after seven games.

Ibrahimovic's professional career has spanned over 20 years and taken him to the likes of Barcelona, Inter, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United as well as the Rossoneri.

He has won league titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France and while Father Time catches up with every footballer in the end, Italy World Cup winner Totti is thrilled to see Ibrahimovic still going strong.

Speaking at the presentation for Sinisa Mihajlovic's autobiography, Totti said: "He can play even with one leg up to the age of 50, it's a pleasure to see him still on the pitch.

"He is beautiful, physically strong, he finds the solution you do not expect. I hope to see him again for many years."

Mihajlovic was an assistant coach at Inter when Ibrahimovic represented the Nerazzurri and pondered what a tandem between the Sweden great and Totti may have looked like.

"Zlatan with Totti in the team would have scored at least double the goals, but so would Totti," Mihajlovic said.

Roberto Mancini, the head coach who Mihajlovic assisted at Inter, described why Ibrahimovic – like Totti before him – is able to play at such a high level at this stage of his career.

"Zlatan and Francesco were like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - professionals. For this reason they played and still play up to 40 years," Mancini said.

"They were extraordinary players, Zlatan still is. The physique helps him, but because he was a great professional in everything."

What does the future hold for Manchester United star Paul Pogba?

Out of form and out of favour, Pogba has found himself out of the starting line-up this season and the Frenchman is not happy.

Could Pogba be prepared to wait for his perfect move away?

 

TOP STORY – POGBA EYEING EXIT

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could leave Old Trafford on a free transfer, according to The Athletic.

Pogba left United for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 before returning to Manchester for a then-world record €105million (£89.3m) in 2016.

But the France international is unhappy at the Theatre of Dreams, where he is contracted until 2022, amid links with former club Juve and LaLiga champions Real Madrid.

 

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- Tuttosport says Juve have turned their attention from Pogba to his countryman and Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga. The 18-year-old has been tipped to join Madrid, while Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly interested.

- Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule is dreaming of a move to United, claims Bild. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United are believed to be pursuing a defensive partner for Harry Maguire, with Madrid's Raphael Varane and RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano reported targets.

Isco is ready to leave Madrid in January, reports Marca. The attacking midfielder has been linked with Everton, following previous links to Juve and Manchester City.

- Liverpool Echo claims Liverpool have been quoted £26.7million (€29.8m) to sign Ajax defender Perr Schuurs. The 20-year-old is also reportedly wanted by Milan.

Arsenal are working on a structured payment plan to sign Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai, says the Mirror.

Juve are targeting Sporting CP defender Nuno Mendes, A Bola reports. The 18-year-old has also been linked with Milan, Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves.

Inter and Antonio Conte have reached an agreement over a new contract but Corriere dello Sport says there will be no contract extensions during the season. Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez is the most problematic case for the Nerazzurri.

Will Lionel Messi be a Barcelona player for much longer?

Messi, who has called Camp Nou home for his entire senior career, is reportedly eyeing a sensational exit.

And Manchester City are continuing to pursue the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI, CITY RUMOURS GROW

Lionel Messi's links with Manchester City are tightening following Pep Guardiola's renewal, according to Diario AS.

Messi was tipped to join City after handing in a transfer request at the start of the season, but the Barca captain opted to remain at Camp Nou.

However, with manager Guardiola extending his City contract, rumours are intensifying.

 

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- The Premier League's 'big six' are interested in signing Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. 90min claims Liverpool, City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are eyeing the veteran defender, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

Milan could be set for a busy January. Tuttomercato reports Milan want Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic on loan with an option to buy for €30million. Inter and Juventus have also been linked with the Serbia international. It comes as Rossoneri duo Andrea Conti and Leo Duarte face uncertain futures, while Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai continues to be linked to Milan.

- Kicker says Paris Saint-Germain are favourites to sign Bayern Munich's soon-to-be free agent David Alaba, who has also been linked to Madrid and City.

- Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri could join Juve in January, though Alaba and Atalanta star Robin Goosens are also options for the Serie A champions, according to Calciomercato.

Manchester City could be set to strengthen in attack ahead of next season, with Erling Haaland and Lautaro Martinez reportedly their main targets.

The Premier League giants may be looking for a forward amid uncertainty over Sergio Aguero, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

And two of Europe's top talents are apparently top of their list.

 

TOP STORY – MAN CITY EYE HAALAND, MARTINEZ

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and Inter forward Lautaro Martinez top Manchester City's wish list next year, according to 90min.

Haaland and Martinez have been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

The report says with Aguero's future unclear and some questions over Gabriel Jesus, City are prioritising a forward.

Haaland is the equal top goalscorer in the Champions League this season with four, converting 60 per cent of his big chances.

Martinez has a goal and an assist in three Champions League games, while creating five chances.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star reports City are weighing up using their £25million buy-back clause on Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, while they are also looking at star Jack Grealish.

 

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- While Paul Pogba is reportedly unhappy at Manchester United, Fabrizio Romano says the Premier League giants want to extend the midfielder's contract, although nothing is advanced. Pogba's current deal runs until 2022.

- Hakan Calhanoglu seems set to leave Milan. Mundo Deportivo reports Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign the midfielder, who has also been linked to Manchester United, Juventus and Inter. Calhanoglu is out of contract at the end of the season.

- Staying at Milan and Milan Live claims the Serie A outfit are looking at Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, another player whose deal expires at the end of the campaign.

- Barcelona could be looking to raise funds in January. Sport says Riqui Puig and Carles Alena are set for January exits.

- Also at Barcelona and Mundo Deportivo reports the LaLiga giants will rely on Oscar Mingueza, Arnau Comas or Santiago Mingo from the B team if Manchester City do not lower their asking price, believed to be €15m (£13.4m), for defender Eric Garcia in January.

Milan coach Stefano Pioli has tested positive for coronavirus, the club has confirmed.

Pioli was "promptly placed in quarantine" on Saturday and Milan cancelled a training session that was due to be held.

The Milan boss is asymptomatic, and all other tests undertaken returned negative results.

A club statement read: "Stefano Pioli tested positive for a quick swab carried out this morning. The competent health authorities informed, the coach, who is asymptomatic, was promptly placed in quarantine at home.

"All other swabs carried out on the group were negative. Training has been cancelled. Subject to federal protocol, the team will resume training in view of the match against Napoli on Monday."

The Rossoneri sit two points clear at the top of Serie A and are unbeaten in 19 league matches.

Milan are scheduled to face Napoli at the San Paolo next Sunday.

Neymar is again being linked with a return to Barcelona.

The Brazil forward left the LaLiga giants for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222million deal in 2017.

But rumours of a return to Camp Nou refuse to go away.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR CONTACTED OVER BARCELONA RETURN

Neymar has been contacted by different Barcelona presidential candidates over a return to the club from PSG, according to Sport.

It says Neymar, who was recently said to be happy to renew a PSG deal that expires in 2022, does not want to extend at the Ligue 1 champions.

Neymar has battled injuries since moving to the French capital, making 30 or fewer appearances in each of his three seasons at the club heading into 2020-21.

 

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- Staying at Barcelona and Mundo Deportivo reports Lyon star Memphis Depay has a four-year agreement with the Catalans. It comes days after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas ruled out a January exit for the forward. Depay is out of contract at season's end and Mundo Deportivo says he could make a January move for €5m or €6m.

- Dominik Szoboszlai sent Hungary into Euro 2020 on Thursday, and the Salzburg star is wanted across Europe. AS says Real Madrid are following the midfielder, who it says is valued at around €25m and also wanted by Arsenal, Milan and RB Leipzig.

- Also at Real Madrid and AS reports Martin Odegaard could play a key role in helping the LaLiga champions land his Norway team-mate Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in 2022.

- After playing just 33 Premier League minutes for Chelsea this season, Olivier Giroud is again linked with a move. CalcioMercato reports Inter are set to go back in for the forward in January.

- Amid their defensive crisis with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez facing long spells on the sidelines, Liverpool are likely to look for a centre-back in January. TeamTalk reports the Premier League champions have been offered former Newcastle United and Watford defender Daryl Janmaat.

Could Cristiano Ronaldo's time in Turin be coming to an end?

Ronaldo is contracted to Juventus until 2022 but the Italian giants are believed to be willing to part with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Neymar could be his direct replacement.

 

TOP STORY – RONALDO OUT, NEYMAR IN?

Juventus are keen to swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Serie A champions Juve, while Neymar's future has often dominated headlines amid speculation over a Barcelona return.

But the superstar pair could be involved in a blockbuster swap deal as both players are on similar contracts.

 

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- Marca claims Athletic Bilbao are eyeing former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, with the future of current head coach Gaizka Garitano uncertain. Pochettino has been linked to Manchester United.

Milan are targeting a January move for Schalke defender and Liverpool target Ozan Kabak, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. Hellas Verona's Matteo Lovato is an alternative, while the Rossoneri are also eyeing Borussia Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram. The French forward has been linked to the likes of Juve, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

- Zinedine Zidane remains determined to bring Eduardo Camavinga to Madrid, however, Mundo Deportivo says the France sensation will not leave Rennes for below €100million.

- According to Manchester Evening News, United could rekindle their interest in Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish amid his dazzling form. Grealish and Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho were both linked with Old Trafford moves during the previous transfer window.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will use the forthcoming international break to restore his usual "sharpness and determination" in front of goal following an action-packed contribution to Milan's 2-2 with Hellas Verona on Sunday.

The 39-year-old salvaged a point for the Serie A leaders with a stoppage-time header after an own goal from Giangiacomo Magnani had halved the deficit following Antonin Barak and Mattia Zaccagni's early goals for Verona. 

Prior to his equaliser, Ibrahimovic missed his third penalty of the season and was adjudged to have handled in the build-up to a Davide Calabria effort that was ruled out.

The former LA Galaxy forward managed just three shots on target from a huge total of 14 and, with a mooted Sweden return not coming to pass, will now use the next fortnight to his benefit.

"I am angry, obviously, because a draw today is not good enough," Ibrahimovic told Sky Italia, as Milan moved two points clear of second-placed Sassuolo at the Serie A summit.

"We had so many chances. I missed a penalty and I think I'm leaving the next one to [Franck] Kessie! That would be better.

"We go forward and the important thing is not to lose our confidence. Considering the way the table is now, we want to win every game.

"There are many games now and, when you get tired, you are not always at 100 per cent. Fortunately, the international break is here, because I need rest.

"I didn't have the sharpness and usual determination I have in front of goal. I just felt like I wasn't all there."

Ibrahimovic's late goal took his tally to eight in just five Serie A appearances this season, while he became the first Rossoneri player to score in seven consecutive top-flight appearances since the league's change to three points for a win in 1994-95.

He rejected suggestions the league has become easier, though, insisting it is the toughest he has played in.

"I see more teams now that are fighting for higher up the table and it isn't sides like Atalanta in the past," he added. "I've played in many countries and I can confirm Italy is the toughest for strikers.

"There are many teams challenging for the top and there are some that haven't reached their peak yet. It's a packed schedule, so the side in the best shape will eventually win the Scudetto."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recovered from another missed penalty to score in stoppage time and salvage a 2-2 draw for Milan against Hellas Verona on Sunday. 

Antonin Barak and Mattia Zaccagni put Ivan Juric's visitors 2-0 up inside 20 minutes before an own goal from Giangiacomo Magnani gave the hosts hope.

Ibrahimovic then failed from 12 yards for the third time this season - his fourth miss in six attempts going back to last term - and Davide Calabria saw an effort ruled out in the first minute of second-half stoppage time after the Swede had handled in the build-up.

Milan's talisman had the final say, however, heading home Brahim Diaz's cross two minutes later to snatch a draw that moves Stefano Pioli's side two points clear of second-placed Sassuolo at the Serie A summit.

 

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