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Saturday February 18 2012
Angry Allegri stokes Milan fire

Massimiliano Allegri rings the changes against Cesena, including Sulley Muntari, but still urges Milan to maintain “the same spirit” that saw them crush Arsenal 4-0, even if it means getting angry.

The Rossoneri will be without several stars for tomorrow’s Serie A game, not to mention the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Alessandro Nesta’s knee is playing up, but he will be available against Juventus,” explained Allegri in his press conference.

“Alexandre Pato has a muscular problem and there’s no point risking him, the same goes for Kevin-Prince Boateng. Philippe Mexes will be ready in three or four days.

“I’m not sure who will start between Luca Antonini and Djamel Mesbah, while Massimo Ambrosini replaces Mark Van Bommel and Muntari makes his debut in the Milan jersey. Robinho had his best game of the season against Arsenal.

“We need to approach Cesena with the same spirit and motivation that we had against Arsenal. We mustn’t get this wrong, as we’re facing an organised side with a strong strike force that always creates something good on home turf.

“I don’t think my lads are tired after Wednesday’s game. We need balance and a concentrated team. How am I feeling? Angry. That’s because when things are going well, you need to maintain your concentration with even more grit and determination than usual.”

Allegri also commented on Juventus Coach Antonio Conte’s complaints about refereeing errors going against the Turin giants.

“I don’t believe the referees are affected by any sort of pressure. We can all make mistakes, so just as I can pick the wrong line-up or substitutions, they can miss a penalty incident.”

Milan squad:Abbiati, Amelia, Piscitelli, Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Ely, Mesbah, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Yepes, Ambrosini, Cristante, Emanuelson, Muntari, Nocerino, Van Bommel, El Shaarawy, Inzaghi, Maxi Lopez, Robinho

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