Monday July 9 2012
A new Milan challenge for Allegri

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri insists that he will be facing new challenges in his third season at San Siro.

“This will be a different campaign to my first two here,” the tactician stated as the Diavolo began their pre-season preparations.

“There will no longer be a host of players in the changing room who have written the history of this club.

“There will be a handful of new faces, while two or three of the older guard have remained and that includes Massimo Ambrosini – he will be an important element.”

Allegri won the Italian championship in his first term at San Siro, but they were left empty-handed last time out.

“We have to start scratch,” the former Cagliari man commented. “We want to make up for last season where we were super favourites, but you can take nothing for granted in football.

“We must have humility and the awareness within our means and try not to repeat the mistakes of the past. You sometimes miss that ‘wickedness’ when you are favourites to win.”

Allegri, however, is well aware that there are a handful of sides who will be looking to lift the Scudetto.

“Juventus are Italian champions, Inter will want to win again and Napoli won’t have the Champions League to deal with,” he added. “It will be a difficult year.”

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