AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says Saturday's match at Roma will be a battle for the Serie A title despite it being only the ninth game of the season.
Milan started the campaign poorly but a recent resurgence has seen them rise to fifth in the standings, two points off top spot. Roma are three points further back.
Allegri says, "We have to come back with a positive result to add consistency to our three successive victories in the league. It's a match for the title and we have to play our best."
Milan have only won twice at the Stadio Olimpico in the past 14 years, but fresh in the players' memories will be last year's goalless draw that secured the Serie A title.