Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti has dismissed AC Milan's early season crisis.

The two teams are in the same Champions League group.

"Milan are favourites for the group," said Spalletti. "I thought that when I saw the draw.

"It is true that they have lost two very good players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, but there are other elements that make Milan a great side."