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Milan appear to be over the turmoil that surrounded the club over the last couple of months, and a victory that signified redemption for last season's robbery against the Bianconeri will provide a huge boost leading up to the Christmas break.
The Rossoneri remain 10 points from second-place Fiorentina and Inter, who occupy the remaining two places that Serie A has on offer to qualify for the Champions League.
With the Viola's relative lack of experience as a team, Milan will fancy themselves to finish above them over the course of a season. Inter and Napoli face tricky away fixtures against Cagliari and Parma respectively and could not be definitively described as superior outfits to Milan.
With the side settling into a new, more balanced formation, Milan look a far better side, capable of shutting out the champions.
Having handed their rivals a significant head start, it is going to be tricky for Milan to reclaim a top-three position, but the squad is equally as talented as those who also share an ambition to play in next season's Champions League.