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AC Milan move top of Serie A, Inter see off Roma

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A much-changed AC Milan saw off bottom side Salernitana 2-0 on Saturday to take top spot in Serie A ahead of previous leaders Napoli’s match against Atalanta, while Inter Milan cruised to victory at Roma.

Milan coach Stefano Pioli made six changes to his starting XI from the midweek victory at Genoa, with Tuesday’s crucial Champions League match against Liverpool in mind.

But Franck Kessie and Alexis Saelemaekers both scored inside the first 20 minutes to ensure a straightforward victory for the hosts at the San Siro.

Milan have given their bid for a first league title since 2011 a boost this week after bouncing back from two straight defeats with successive victories.

Pioli’s men sit one point clear of reigning champions Inter, who beat Roma 3-0, and two ahead of Napoli, who host fourth-placed Atalanta later on Saturday.

“I am satisfied with a good performance, a decent victory, because some assumed this could be taken for granted,” Pioli told DAZN.

“It would’ve been better if we had scored more goals, especially considering how many chances we created.”

The seven-time European champions have to beat already-qualified Liverpool in their final group game in Milan next week to have a chance of reaching the last 16.

“We wanted to be in this position and now we can only try to give our best,” Pioli said of the Liverpool game.

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“We know Liverpool will inevitably cause us some issues, but the spaces can open up too, because they are certainly not unbeatable or impenetrable in defence.”

They made the perfect start against struggling Salernitana, as Kessie tapped in a fifth-minute opener.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic rested and Olivier Giroud part of a lengthy injury list, 20-year-old Pietro Pellegri was handed a full league debut for the club.

 

 

 

 

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