Serie A Preview: Torino v Milan
By Football News
Kaka will make his second debut for Milan on Saturday as they aim to continue their superb run of form against Torino.
Massimiliano Allegri's men travel to Turin for the Serie A fixture in good spirits after successive wins against PSV and Cagliari.
The 3-0 second-leg win over PSV booked their spot in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League - where they will face Barcelona, Ajax and Celtic – and they followed that up with a 3-1 home success against Cagliari.
And the Italian giants delighted their fans on transfer deadline day as they announced the signing of Brazilian Kaka from Real Madrid.
Kaka – who played at Milan from 2003 to 2009 – had fallen out of favour in the Spanish capital and was snapped up by his former club.
The return of the 31-year-old is sure to excite Milan fans if the reaction from coach Allegri is anything to go by, although he has urged the club's supporters to give him time to get up to speed.
"Kaka has great quality," Allegri said after he joined.
"(He) is a champion and his presence raises the level of self-confidence throughout the squad.
"I must do well to get the best out of him and help him reach peak fitness. You cannot expect a player, even one of his level, to be ready straight away."
Kaka did play 45 minutes of Milan's 4-0 friendly win over Chiasso of Switzerland on Saturday, and he impressed during his cameo.
Milan have a stunning record against Torino in recent years, having won eight of the last 11 Serie A fixtures between the two sides.
The other three ended in draws, with Torino's last win against Milan coming in November 2001.
Like Milan, Torino have won one and lost one in the Serie A this season, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Atalanta in their last match.
That took the gloss off a 2-0 opening-day win over Sassuolo but Torino are tipped to struggle this season and another loss would come as no surprise.
They lost star defender Angelo Ogbonna to champions Juventus in the close-season and have not sufficiently replaced him, meaning Milan's forwards could be in for a busy match.
Allegri will be tempted to rest some of his players, with a Champions League fixture against Celtic looming on Wednesday, but they should still have too much quality for their opponents.