Sunday May 12 2013
Allegri: 'Calm battle for third'

Massimiliano Allegri insists he is “calm” about Milan’s Champions League chances and told off Sulley Muntari for his red card against Roma.

The race for third is particularly tricky, as Fiorentina have a superior head-to-head record, so if they finish level on points with Milan then the Viola will get third place.

The gap is now only two points and next Sunday Fiorentina take on Pescara while Milan visit Siena, two teams who are already relegated.

“We have a game left and we have to win,” shrugged the Coach after the 0-0 draw.

“At the end of the first half we had some difficulties, then went down to 10 men and strangely played a little better after that.

“It’s a shame that we only got a point, as we have to stretch this season out to the very end, but we are aware that we can go to win at Siena. Don’t forget Fiorentina have to win too, so we’ve both got a battle on our hands.”

Muntari saw red for wrestling with the referee, physically preventing him from taking the card out of his pocket.

“Muntari really shouldn’t be doing things like this, as it is important for a team to have all 11 men on the field. We need to stay calm.

“We’re still in a positive position in the table, so can prepare with calm for the next match. I could’ve made some other changes without that red card, but that’s the way it went.”

Stephan El Shaarawy again seemed ineffective and Allegri revealed the problem.

“We are working on him and not only him. Stephan is well-known now, so he has to vary his style of play, but you can’t fault his intensity. He shouldn’t be obsessed with scoring a goal, but it’s only normal he can improve and has the quality.”

The match was halted for two minutes by the referee due to racist chanting from the Roma fans.

“Unfortunately the mentality is still retrograde. We must all try to improve, because people go to the stadium to see a spectacle and not for this sort of thing.”