Worries for Milan, Lazio cruising

AC Milan, with Kaka, Ronaldinho and Andriy Shevchenko in their line-up, lost 2-0 at Genoa on Sunday. It was the Rossoneri's second defeat in the opening two games of the Serie A season following a 2-1 home loss to Bologna and has put renewed pressure on coach Carlo Ancelotti, who failed to guide the team into the UEFA Champions League last season.

Giuseppe Sculli opened the scoring for Genoa after 30 minutes with Diego Milito adding an injury-time penalty to give the home side their first win against Milan on home soil since 1983. Milan are now second from bottom, propped up by Cagliari, who are also without a point. Following the match Milan general manager Adriano Galliani issued a warning to Ancelotti who has presided over the club's worst start since 1986. "He doesn't risk the sack, but he'd better stop losing," said Galliani.

Ancelotti sure of recovery
Ancelotti, who has been at the helm for eight seasons, said he was confident he could solve the problems. "We have time to fix things and I am certain that we will. This is my Milan," he said.

It is a difficult moment and we must try to stick together, trying to find a victory so we can get back on track.
Andriy Shevchenko believes that unity is the key to AC Milan's turnaround.

Shevchenko, who returned to Milan from Chelsea in the summer, said his team-mates were feeling the strain. "This defeat weighs on the players," said the Ukrainian. "It is a difficult moment and we must try to stick together, trying to find a victory so we can get back on track. It's tricky to say what we are missing at the moment, but it just seems to be a bad time for us."

Capital club on top
Lazio lead the way with a second win in two games thanks to a 2-0 win over Sampdoria with Mauro Zarate and Goran Pandev on target. Atalanta also have a 100 per cent record and are second in the table following a 1-0 win at Bologna with Tiberio Guarente grabbing the only goal.

AS Roma's build-up to their opening Champions League clash suffered a setback when they crashed 3-1 at Palermo. Roma took the lead through Julio Baptista after just eight minutes, but Palermo, with new coach Davide Ballardini at the helm, levelled through a Fabrizio Miccoli drive in the 20th minute. Miccoli scored a second for Palermo in the 56th minute with Edison Cavani adding a third in the 72nd minute.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are another Italian side having problems after slumping to a 2-1 defeat at Napoli which left them sixth from bottom. Adrian Mutu put Fiorentina ahead in the 41st minute but headers from Marek Hamsik and Christian Maggio gave Napoli the three points. In Sunday's late game, Juventus picked up their first win with Amauri grabbing the goal in a 1-0 victory at home to Udinese.