MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI is hoping for a consecutive Serie A win and says Parma will be different from Barcelona.
Milan have earned two important results last week as they beat Udinese and drew Barcelona at San Siro but tomorrow they have a difficult game at the Ennio Tardini and the Rossoneri will be looking for their first away win in the 2013/2014 season.
il Diavolo haven’t managed two straight wins since beating PSV Eindhoven and Cagliari at the start of the last month and Massimiliano Allegri wants to get the points tomorrow against Parma, which will help Milan climb further up the table.
“We played two good games from a defensive point of view and in terms of the team’s attitude,” Allegri told the press. “We were less careless and we have to keep that up. Tomorrow’s match is fundamental for the league and we need a result as we haven’t won away from home yet and we need to change our position on the league table and stay close to the top six.
“Montolivo has been training apart since the Barcelona game as he took a knock and I’ll decide today if he plays. De Sciglio is available and Pazzini should be back soon. The team is doing okay mentally but we can’t focus on the match against Barcelona. Tomorrow will be a different match and we can’t afford to slip up mentally. I can’t see De Sciglio starting the game. He’s trained well this week but we have big games coming up. What’s important now is the management of player’s physical strengths. Birsa came here without pre-season training and that’s why he hasn’t got 90 minutes in his legs.
“Kaka played with real intensity after his injury. Parma are a good team. Amauri and Cassano complement each other. Cassano is player that everyone knows and not many can pass a ball like him. Amauri is strong and we’ll have to be attentive in defense and in the middle. Acqua, Valdes, and Marchionni are experienced players and it’ll be a tough game. We’ll need a big performance and there’s no point thinking about the games to come. We have to get back up the league.
“Before the match against Udinese something changed in the players’ mentality. We realized the mistakes we made and we have to reduce that to a minimum. We played well against Barca but it was easy to build ourselves up for that match.
“Tomorrow will be very different but we need to get a result. I tried to play M’Baye Niang, Mario Balotelli and Robinho in training and then I changed to Birsa, Alessandro Matri and Kaka, but it could be a completely different forward line. We have players with certain characteristics and we don’t need to invent anything. The team is balanced with this formation and the players help out in the defensive side of the game. The work done should be evaluated at the end of the season.
“You need steady nerves to coach a team like Milan. I focus on training the team and preparing the games as best I can. If, at the end of the season, we have what’s necessary to move forward and we all agree on it, then we will. If not, then the club will have a different coach. There are many telephone calls between myself and the president. I listen to everyone and especially him as he has passion for the game and is competent. I explain my ideas, he explains his and sometimes they’re complementary and sometimes not. I choose the lineup and assume the responsibility. We (Allegri and Berlusconi) have a fine relationship and I don’t think I’m the only coach who talks to his club president. It’s completely normal.
“Balotelli comes back in tomorrow and we hope he’ll have a good game and will be decisive for the result. First of all for himself and then for the club and for Italian football. He’s not just another guy, much less just another player. He has charisma, personality and footballing characteristics way above average. As far as his tutor goes, that’s for the club and his manager to think about. He’s trained less than normal this month but in the last three days he’s trained well.
“Niang is still a teenager and he has a lot of enthusiasm. He did well last year. At the moment he’s going through a tough period and he has to find balance. He has to grow as he’s very young. When you perform as we did against Barcelona, your confidence grows and everything looks rosy but that was a game apart. It was a good point but we have to focus on the league. If we don’t get a result tomorrow, the team will be back getting criticized from all angles. We can’t celebrate too much because of Tuesday and we can’t let ourselves get too down when things don’t go well. We have to find balance.
“We are Milan and we have to look to achieve big objectives. It’s madness to talk about the title now but the league is long. We focus on tomorrow. We always need to do our best and then at the end of the season, if we’re first, that’s great and if we’re second that’s good and if we’re sixth then that means that five other teams were better than us but we have to give all we can. I’ll decide who plays in goal (Gabriel or Amelia) after training. I don’t want to switch goalkeepers if I don’t have to.
“We have four reliable keepers. Gabriel has shown that. Amelia has shown that and Abbiati too. His career speaks for itself. Whoever plays tomorrow will play until Abbiati comes back. He might be ready for Wednesday’s Fiorentina match.”