AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti refused to acknowledge any significance in his side overtaking city rivals Inter Milan in the Serie A table following their 2-1 win over Siena. Milan had not been ahead of Inter at a significant stage of the season since the 2005/06 campaign.
But while the champions were held 0-0 at Fiorentina, I Rossoneri won at home and moved up to third in the standings, one point and one place above Jose Mourinho's side. It nonetheless took a 65th-minute Kaka penalty to earn Milan their latest victory.
Ancelotti, though, is satisfied with the way this campaign is panning out. "The team did what they needed to, starting slowly and then growing," he said. "."
Milan entertain runners-up Napoli on Sunday knowing victory would move them up to at least second. The seven-time European champions are just one point below the top two, and could even finish the week looking down on everyone else.
Inzaghi, though, admits the Italian giants are still far from their best but said that the points they are winning are vital. The 2-1 defeat of Siena came hot on the heels of a narrow 1-0 success at Atalanta, which Ancelotti had admitted was not merited.
"I'm happy because I'm healthy and for Milan these points make the difference," said Inzaghi. "Like those won in Bergamo (against Atalanta), because even not playing well we've got lots of points."
The big difference this season from last for Milan is that this time around, despite losing their first two matches, they have started well. Last year they reached the winter break more than 20 points behind Inter, and any hopes of putting up a title fight had disappeared.
"I'm really happy because it's a long time since we've started a season well like this year," added Inzaghi.