Massimiliano Allegri claims “there’s no sense talking about the future” before Milan’s trip to Siena.
Again this morning the newspapers are reporting Allegri has agreed a three-year contract with Roma, backing up what President Silvio Berlusconi said at an event late Thursday night.
The patron was meant to fly in to the training ground for a meeting today, but pulled out at the last minute.
“Is this my last Press conference at Milanello? Yes… of the season,” smiled Allegri. “Nobody is thinking about the future right now.
“I spoke to Berlusconi yesterday, but unfortunately due to personal commitments he was unable to come today.
“We have reached the end of the season, which has been rich with satisfying moments. We need to win in order to maintain third place, fundamental for the Champions League, but our season has not been a failure.
“Siena will not be depressed or upset, as they will be eager to get a great result and leave Serie A with their heads held high. The lads had a great week to prepare in the best way possible for this match.”
Milan will be sure of third place if they beat Siena, but failing that they must hope Fiorentina do not beat Pescara.
“We are two points ahead of Fiorentina and certainly have done more than them. It’s a shame that one of the two teams has to miss out on the Champions League,” continued Allegri.
“The Viola play good football, but this sport is about results. You can only win one or two games without deserving to, but then you build something great the way we did. In Italy there is this obsession with tactics, so you can even win when playing badly.
“The tension is high right now, but that is only right considering the match we are facing. Siena want to end the season well, they caused problems for Napoli last week and we must do well to keep the concentration on full for 90 minutes.
“I haven’t decided anything about the future yet, as tomorrow night is a very important game. After that, I will talk to the club, but at this moment the issue of the Coach is at the bottom of our priorities. Right now we just need to win against Siena. After the season is over, we will talk about what’s going to happen.”
This week Mario Balotelli threatened to abandon a game if he heard more racist chanting, but the referees warned anyone who leaves the pitch without permission from the referee will be sent off.
“It would be best if Balotelli stayed on the field all the time, obviously. The decision is down to the authorities.”
Riccardo Montolivo is back in the squad after a thigh strain, but Kevin-Prince Boateng doesn’t make the trip due to a knee problem and Sulley Ali Muntari is suspended.
“In midfield I must choose between Massimo Ambrosini, Mathieu Flamini and Antonio Nocerino. In attack we have to evaluate Robinho or Giampaolo Pazzini.”
There was a row in training this week between Allegri and Robinho, but the Coach assured it was all over.
“It isn’t the first time I have sent someone off early during training, it’s just that this time there were 500 people watching…
“The fans have been laudable all season and created the right enthusiasm around us despite the initial diffidence and fear.
“On a personal note, before the game I have to thank the lads and the club, because they kept me even after difficult opening rounds, just like Cagliari had done.”