Gianluigi Donnarumma claims that Milan has narrowed the gap to Inter ahead of the first derby of the season, a game that seems “less terrifying” these days, thanks to the inclusion of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Rossoneri have a miserable recent record against their city rivals, their last league victory back in January 2016.

However, after a good finish in the 2019-20 season that culminated in the contract extension for coach Stefano Pioli, Milan opened the new campaign with three consecutive wins.

Milan goaltender Donnarumma is optimistic that his side will be more than a match for Antonio Conte’s Inter, who finished second to Juventus champions the last term as they prepare to battle on Saturday.

“The difference with Inter has narrowed. They have been improved, but our club has also done well in the transfer market,” the Italian international told Sky Sport Italia.

“The coach has done a fantastic job every day, he’s helping us a lot. We can’t wait.

“They’re a fantastic team with a great coach, they’ve got everything to do very well this year, they’re good and well-coordinated.

“We’re a young team, but we know our potential and we can do well. We’re not scared. We’re more focused on what we can do well.

“I’m positive and confident that we’re going to play a great match.”

The return of Ibrahimovic-who has represented both teams in this fixture throughout his career-is a boost to Milan, with the Swedes available again after overcoming the coronavirus.

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