Friday September 28 2012
Defeat created fear, admits Allegri

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that the club’s poor start to the season has created anxiety within the squad.

The Diavolo had lost three of their first four League games, but they got back to winning ways with a triumph over Cagliari in midweek.

“You unconsciously start to have a little fear when results are lacking,” the tactician stated on Friday afternoon.

“We’re in better shape now. We played with 10 and then nine men in Udine, but we attacked in an effort to save the game.

“We are growing, but we have to try and make even fewer mistakes and read games better. Obviously mistakes are going to happen.

“It’s normal that we would have hoped to have got 15 points. But the season is very long and the championship is well balanced.

“We have six so far, now we need to think about Parma.”

The Diavolo will travel to the Tardini on Saturday and Allegri has respect for Roberto Donadoni’s side.

“They have some good qualities and an expert defence. Amauri is strong in attack and they are dangerous up front.

“My side? Bojan could start, also because Giampaolo Pazzini has basically played every three days since he’s been here. Pazzini also worked hard on Wednesday where he did a lot of running.”

Milan will still be without Alexandre Pato, but the Brazilian does seem to be on the mend after his latest injury setback.

“Pato is in good shape and working well. When we get back from St Petersburg then he’ll re-join the squad.

“I’ll see whether he’ll be available for the derby or whether he should play in a few friendly or Primavera games.”

Allegri was also asked for his thoughts on the Scudetto race as a whole following the opening exchanges.

“Juventus remain favourites. Napoli don’t have the Champions League, but they are in the Europa League.

“Roma and Lazio are doing well. And then there is Inter. It’ll be a problematic season, but you can make up for lost ground with three points.”