Sunday April 29 2012
Allegri: 'If we'd had Cassano'

Massimiliano Allegri can’t help but feel regrets that Milan had to do without the inspirational Antonio Cassano for most of the season.

FantAntonio was given his first start since suffering an ischemic stroke and undergoing heart surgery at the end of October, scoring and providing two assists in a 4-1 victory at Siena.

“It was important to win today so we could stay close to Juventus. Now we have to hope they drop some points in these final three games, while we’d have to win them all,” said the Coach on his 100th official match at the club.

“In any case, if we continue like this then we can finish the season without regrets. The only problem was that Cassano and Gennaro Gattuso suffered physical problems that could not be predicted by anyone.

“We paid a heavy price for all the injuries, as don’t forget Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini were also out for months at a time. The shortage didn’t allow me to rest some players who have now reached the end of the campaign totally exhausted.

“It’s also a pity that with the timing of the Champions League we paid for the strains of facing Barcelona by dropping points to Fiorentina and Bologna. We gave away too many goals and a side like Milan cannot do that.”

Allegri commented on Saturday that he was “on the Milan bench until May 13, then we’ll see,” so he was again asked about his future.

“I have an excellent rapport with President Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani. In two years we have won the Scudetto and a Super Cup, while we are still in the race for the title now and were unlucky to be eliminated by Barcelona from Europe.

“The thing that disappoints me is that the media has ganged up on me and the team with talk of contracts at a key moment of the campaign.”