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Saturday November 9 2013
Allegri: 'Forget Milan targets'

Massimiliano Allegri says Milan are determined to end their crisis against Chievo, but won’t even consider long-term targets.

The Rossoneri visit bottom of the table Chievo on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“As always against Chievo, it will be a very difficult game,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“So far they have played well, even if the results didn’t go their way. Giuseppe Sannino’s team is very aggressive and we have to face this challenge in the best possible way.”

Milan go into this match in crisis, both on the field with a string of defeats and off it, as today President Silvio Berlusconi is due to meet his right-hand man Adriano Galliani to discuss a potential split.

This week Barbara Berlusconi suggested the club’s problems stemmed from spending their money unwisely on players.

“The team and I are concentrated exclusively on the field and the tactics. We are thinking about tomorrow’s game and getting a positive result,” added Allegri.

“We are behind in the table and cannot fix everything straight away. Right now I won’t look to the Europa League places, nor the Champions League spots. We need to get back to winning ways, so the closest objective is to get through the Champions League group phase.

“Did we spend our money unwisely? I won’t comment. We have a good squad and had many injuries. It’s not an alibi, but it’s easier for a Coach if he has the entire team at his disposal.”

Bans haven’t helped either, as Mario Balotelli is suspended for the Chievo game.

“For tomorrow, I have to analyse the characteristics of my players and try to put everyone in their best position.

“Daniele Bonera is not yet fit to start, while Giampaolo Pazzini and Stephan El Shaarawy are still a way off their return. Stephan should be back in the squad after the break for international duty, but then he needs to train regularly before he can play.”

The fans are increasingly frustrated and jeered them off the pitch after a 2-0 home defeat to Fiorentina.

“The jeering was to be expected. The fans never protested against the team during my time here and even last year helped us through difficult moments. We must all give something more.”

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