Rome: AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri said the game between his side and Juventus on Saturday could decide the Italian Serie A title.

The Rossoneri beat Cesena 3-1 on the road to leapfrog Juventus in the leadership role, although the Bianconeri have a game in hand.

"We are happy to be up there, even with an extra match played. Now we have a whole week to prepare for Saturday's big clash and I am certain we will put in a great performance," Allegri said.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sat out the second of his three-match ban, but Milan have lodged an appeal.

"If Ibra is available, then he will play against Juventus. If he isn't, then we have others who can do well. All we can do is wait for the result of the appeals process," Allegri said

"On Saturday it will be a fascinating encounter that may well decide the title."

Allegri was not entirely content with Sunday's 3-1 result in Cesena.

"The lads put in a great performance up until the third goal, then we allowed Cesena too much of the initiative and sat back, as we just stopped running in attack.

"Urby Emanuelson has great technique and does not often give the ball away. Other than the goal, Muntari also played well and is highly motivated, as he wants to forget the recent negative spell of his career," he said.