Aldo Serena tips Zlatan Ibrahimovic to swing the Derby della Madonnina against Inter in AC Milan's favour

The former Italy attacker, who played for both Milanese clubs in his career, feels the Rossoneri have the edge on Claudio Ranieri's men due to the presence of the Swedish star
By Paolo Camedda

Aldo Serena has picked out Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the man to inspire AC Milan to victory against Inter in the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to on Thursday, the 51-year-old, who turned out for both the red and blue sides of Milan during the 1980s and 1990s, believes the Rossoneri will go into the match as favourites, and expects the Swede to potentially determine the final outcome.

"Ibrahimovic has everything and he may be the man to decide the match," said Serena. "But among the Rossoneri there are other players who can come up with a piece of magic, or a goal - I think the same for [Alexandre] Pato or [Kevin-Prince] Boateng.

"I see Milan as the favourite, as the Rossoneri still have a bit more [quality] than Inter. The Nerazzurri have made a comeback and are improving every matchday, but Milan are still top.

"The Rossoneri are impressive, but more importantly they know how to win matches with ease. But then again, never say never [in the derby]."

Serena then offered his analysis on the ongoing transfer saga linking the Milanese giants with out-of-favour Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.

However, the ex-Italy forward, who represented the Azzurri at the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico, is of the opinion that Milan would serve as a better destination for the Argentine star.

"With Milito, Pazzini, Forlan and Zarate [already there], a striker like Tevez would only be excessive, and I do not think you can play him as a winger in a 4-4-2," continued Serena.

"At Milan, his role would be more logical - Tevez would perform as a second striker alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho would be in competition with Pato. He would be, in short, the ideal substitute for Cassano."

Serena then proceeded to speak of his most treasured derby memory, and singled out Gabriele Oriali's 69th-minute winner in his spell at Inter during the 1981-82 campaign.

"I remember all the derbies I've played in, they always give me great emotions. But the best memory was during the 1981-82 season in an Inter shirt, when Gabriele Oriali scored the winning goal."

Milan's clash against Inter at San Siro on Sunday kicks off at 20.45CET.