MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI says the league is still long and insists injuries & suspensions are no excuse.
Milan lost the first place in Serie A to Juventus on Saturday after their defeat to Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro, but with seven games left until the end of the season, everything remains open as the gap is 1 point.
The Rossoneri have been playing non-stop, every three days in the past months, and with all the injured players and the suspensions they look tired on the pitch – even though coach Allegri claims they are not.
“Obviously tomorrow’s game is extremely important following our slip up on Saturday,” il Diavolo boss Massimiliano Allegri said in today’s press conference ahead of Tuesday’s game against Chievo away. “We are now a point behind Juve with just seven games left and we know how important the game is.
“I prefer to be out in front, which we are not, but that doesn’t mean that it is all over. We are only one point behind, before Saturday Juve were two points behind us. There is still plenty to go, there was a long way to go when we were leading and now it will be a long way to go for them. I am not worried, we’re not tired.
“We ran a lot in Barcelona. We played a great game at Catania. On Saturday we struggled a bit, we were not helped by the conditions of the pitch. We came up against a very determined Fiorentina side that played a very good game. We didn’t play our best game but we could have taken home good result all the same. We want to win the league and we will do everything within our power to do so,” the 44-year-old said.
“We have had lots of injuries and against Chievo we also have three players suspended but this shouldn’t be an excuse for us. We have to be ready to play a great game tomorrow.” Milan have 3 banned players.
“I do not think Chievo are absolutely satisfied, they are not mathematically safe, they are playing well, they are in good physical and mental condition. They won in Florence and Catania, and so now they are playing even better. We will have to be very good in handling tomorrow’s match,” continued the former midfielder.
“Van Bommel trained with the team but it was his first training session with the rest of the squad. We’ll see how he is doing today. Nesta is feeling well and should be available. Players are not like scooters, Cassano needs match fitness, he did two workouts and on Saturday we played ten minutes, he is not ready to start. Gattuso could be an idea in midfield, he is getting fitter. I will see who is fit today, it depends on whether Van Bommel and Boateng are available. I will have to see who is fit and then make my choice.
“Muntari’s goal is not decisive as yet because there are still seven matches to go. Anything can happen in football, we just have to think about playing. Juve are doing really well. But despite all our difficulties during the year we are not doing any less than the Bianconeri,” Allegri said. Milan-Chievo kicks off at 20:45 CET.