After a two-week break due to international commitments, Serie A gets back underway this weekend in what is a huge set of games in the Scudetto battle.
While Milan wait to play against Bologna on Monday evening, they must see what the results of Juventus-Inter and Atalanta-Napoli are. The title race is unpredictable but the Rossoneri are hoping to extend their lead at the top and pile more pressure on the chasing pack.
Il Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews) explains that Stefano Pioli is aiming to keep the pressure off his young group by not mentioning the Scudetto as a target, while at the same time trying to charge them up for the games against Bologna, Torino and Genoa which would set them up for the final five against Lazio, Fiorentina, Verona, Atalanta and Sassuolo.
Milan have dropped 12 points so far against the lesser-ranking sides, so nothing can be taken for granted and mentality is key. That is why having a player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play a fundamental part, as the Swede stayed behind after training for a couple of hours extra work in the gym, and apparently more than one of his team-mates followed him.
Ibrahimovic knows what it takes to win the big trophies, and for this reason the youngest players want to follow him as much as possible.