Filippo Inzaghi’s revitalised Milan have enjoyed a strong introduction to the campaign, recording back-to-back wins from their opening two Serie A games for the first time in eight years.
There has been no shortage of attacking verve shown in their high-scoring affairs against Lazio and Parma, with eight goals flying in during a positive start to the former Rossoneri and Juventus forward’s senior managerial career.
Three of these came within 64 minutes of their opening home encounter of the season against Lazio, who could only manage a solitary reply to strikes from Keisuke Honda, Sulley Muntari and Jeremy Menez.
The latter, a summer capture from PSG, stole the show in the Rossoneri’s subsequent game, scoring twice in a nine-goal thriller against Parma at the Ennio Tardini.
Milan were never behind but found themselves pushed all the way by a spirited Parma outfit who immediately fought back from Giacomo Bonaventura’s opener on 25 minutes through Antonio Cassano.
Honda and Menez from the spot handed the visitors a two-goal cushion before the interval but Parma refused to lie down and pegged one back six minutes into the restart courtesy of Felipe.
Daniele Bonera’s dismissal offered the hosts hope but it was in fact Milan who extended their advantage, Nigel De Jong restoring a two-goal margin with just over 20 minutes remaining.
Yet the drama wasn’t finished there. Alessandro Lucarelli’s goal again brought Parma back into the frame on 73 minutes, only for Menez to add his second shortly afterwards.
Mattia De Sciglio’s own goal on the stroke of full-time had the home crowd on their feet, but it was too little too late for the Gialloblu as the visitors held on to preserve their 100 per cent start.