Luciano Spalletti determined for Zenit St Petersburg win against AC Milan

Luciano Spalletti
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Luciano Spalletti urges Zenit St Petersburg to bag maximum points against AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti has admitted that his side "need to win" against AC Milan in their Champions League clash on Wednesday.

The Russian champions will host the Italian giants at Stadion Petrovski in their second Group C game, hoping to bounce back from their defeat at Malaga on matchday one.

"After the [3-0] defeat by Malaga we are in a very uncomfortable position," said Spalletti. "We need to win to restore the confidence that will bring out our stronger qualities.

"Milan are enduring the same loss of form that we are, and for both teams this meeting is critical for morale and even fundamental for the future of both.

"Zenit are better than a side with two victories in eight matches. My players have real character, though."

In the other Group C game on Wednesday, Anderlecht will host Malaga.

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