Ibrahimovic: Milan the team to beat
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes his team will still be the side to beat in Serie A this season.
Milan open the 2011-12 campaign on Friday night at home to Lazio.
The first round of Serie A games were postponed after the players went on strike but the league will finally get underway on Friday after the Lega Serie A and the Players' Union signed a new collective bargaining agreement this week.
"We cannot wait to start the season,'' said Ibrahimovic. "I believe we are still favourites to win the Scudetto.
"With respect to last season, we have strengthened our team and we are much stronger than last year.''
Milan signed defenders Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo this summer and also brought in midfielders Alberto Aquilani and Antonio Nocerino.
The Rossoneri, who finished ahead of Inter last term to clinch their first Scudetto since 2004, got their season off to a great start by beating the Nerazzurri to lift the Italian Supercup last month.
Gianpiero Gasperini's Inter travel to La Favorita to face Palermo on Sunday evening.
Diego Forlan is set to make his Serie A debut against the Sicilian outfit. The Uruguay forward joined the Italian giants from Atletico Madrid shortly after Inter sold Samuel Eto'o to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Juventus entertain Parma in Turin on Sunday hoping to prove their worth to new coach Antonio Conte. The Bianconeri, who will not play in Europe this season, are boosted by the arrival of forward Mirko Vucinic from Roma.
Two teams that could present Milan and Inter with fierce competition are Napoli and Roma. The clubs have bolstered their squads in the transfer market. Former Udinese star Gokhan Inler is one of Napoli's 13 signings.
Napoli visit Cesena on Saturday while Roma, who are coached by Luis Enrique, begin the season at home to Cagliari without top summer signing Erik Lamela. The Argentinian midfielder is sidelined with an ankle injury.
Fiorentina entertain Bologna in Florence, in the same stadium where Italy beat Slovenia 1-0 on Tuesday night to secure a place in Euro 2012.
Udinese begin life without Alexis Sanchez when they travel to Lecce on Sunday. The Chilean winger scored 12 times in 31 games to help Udinese finish fourth last term but moved to Barcelona this summer in a £23 million transfer deal.
Siena, who were one of the three teams that gained promotion to the top flight, make the journey to Sicily to face Catania.
Novara will play their first Serie A game in 55 years when they square off against Chievo in Verona.
Atalanta, another club that returns to the top flight having finished first in Serie B, take on Genoa at the Luigi Ferraris stadium.