Massimiliano Allegri is not concerned by Milan’s latest downturn in form and Coppa Italia exit, but demands improvements against Sampdoria tomorrow night.
The Rossoneri scraped past Siena 2-1 last week and were knocked out of the Coppa quarter-finals by Juventus in extra time on Wednesday.
“We are disappointed to be out of the Coppa Italia, but in Turin we again saw a team growing in terms of performance,” insisted the Coach in his Press conference. “We must above all improve on set plays.”
While Milan lost at the Juventus Stadium, last Sunday Sampdoria fought back to win 2-1 despite playing with 10 men for an hour.
“Sampdoria are in great physical shape and winning away to Juventus when a man down is absolutely not an easy task. They have two great strikers and are very organised, as Angelo Palombo at centre-back has brought more technique.
“I still saw a step forward from Milan on Wednesday in terms of pace and passing. The players are getting more confident and working as a unit. I was happy with what the lads did, though of course disappointed with the result.
“Tomorrow we need a better performance than Wednesday, especially as Samp have had all week to prepare for this game.”
Allegri remains under fire after President Silvio Berlusconi refused to confirm whether he’d still be on the Milan bench next season, even though his contract runs until 2014.
“I have an excellent rapport with the club, though clearly a Coach is always tied to results. This season the task was to get the best out of young players.
“Seeing Mattia De Sciglio, Stephan El Shaarawy, Riccardo Montolivo, Kevin Constant and also Kevin-Prince Boateng improve gives us optimism for the rest of the season.”
Boateng met with his agents, Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani at the Milan HQ this week, though the Coach denied a transfer was discussed.
“He was very relaxed. Robinho only joined the full training schedule yesterday, so it’ll be difficult to see him playing tomorrow.”
The Rossoneri remain in seventh place, a full seven points adrift of the Champions League qualifying spots.
“Third place is neither a miracle nor a huge achievement. Our duty is to always give our best. It’s not easy to catch up six teams, but at the same time people thought we’d thrown everything away after our defeat to Roma, yet we’re only two points behind them thanks to a game they were awarded by the authorities.”
Allegri was referring to the 3-0 win in Cagliari that was handed to the Giallorossi after problems with the Is Arenas saw the game called off.
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