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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Zenit St PetersburgZenit108112081225
2FC KrasnodarKrasnodar106131881019
3RostovRostov10532104618
4Spartak Moscow10532107318
5Rubin Kazan10451129317
6CSKA MoscowCSKA10442145916
7Lokomotiv MoscowLokomotiv104331110115
8OrenburgOrenburg10424119214
9Akhmat GroznyAkhmat Grozny10334912-312
10Ural YekaterinburgUral103251017-711
11Arsenal TulaArsenal Tula102441111010
12Dynamo Moscow10244910-110
13Anzhi MakhachkalaAnzhi10316615-910
14Krylia SovetovKrylia Sovetov10316414-1010
15FC UfaUfa10235713-69
16Yenisey KrasnoyarskYenisey10127616-105

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