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Luciano Spalletti: 'AC Milan are favourites to win Group C'

Spalletti: 'AC Milan are favourites'
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Luciano Spalletti says that AC Milan are favourites to win Group C of the Champions League.

Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti believes that AC Milan are favourites to win Group C of the Champions League.

The Russian champions will begin their European campaign with an away game against Malaga on Tuesday.

"I think AC Milan are the favourites to win this group, even though they have lost two important players," he is quoted as saying by Uefa.com.

"Zenit, Malaga and Anderlecht are teams that can cause problems for Milan. I know how I will motivate my players to reach the next stage."

Looking ahead to Zenit's opening game against the Spanish club, Spalletti admitted that it will not be easy to win.

"We will only be able to discover Málaga's weaknesses if we play our best for the entire game," he said.

"They have good, experienced players like Isco, [Martin] Demichelis, [Nacho] Monreal, [Ignacio] Camacho, [Jeremy] Toulalan and [Javier] Saviola. This team always tries to control the game.

"Malaga have a great squad but we don't envy them – we are strong too. A coach has to instil a winning mentality, but the team has to win once the game starts."

In the other game in Group C on Tuesday, AC Milan will host Anderlecht at San Siro.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Zenit St PetersburgZenit17111527171034
2FC KrasnodarKrasnodar17103431131833
3CSKA MoscowCSKA178632381530
4Lokomotiv MoscowLokomotiv178452317628
5Spartak Moscow178452217528
6Rubin Kazan1751021714325
7RostovRostov176651411324
8Akhmat GroznyAkhmat Grozny176561517-223
9OrenburgOrenburg166461715222
10Ural YekaterinburgUral176471828-1022
11Dynamo Moscow174851613320
12Arsenal TulaArsenal Tula175572325-220
13Krylia SovetovKrylia Sovetov165291022-1217
14FC UfaUfa173771218-616
15Anzhi MakhachkalaAnzhi174310925-1615
16Yenisey KrasnoyarskYenisey1724111128-1710

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