Tuesday September 17 2013
Allegri: We're fighting for second

Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that Milan will be fighting for second place behind Barcelona in their Champions League group.

The Rossoneri play Celtic tomorrow in their first European match of the campaign, and the Coach has conceded that it will be between his side, the Scottish champions and Ajax for second.

“Barcelona are clearly the strongest team in the group,” he told a Press conference. “We’ll be looking for more points that Celtic and Ajax.

“We’ll obviously try to fight with Barcelona for first place, but it will not be easy. Champions League matches are a lot different than League games.

“You have to try and limit the opponents without granting them counter-attacks. We need to find our own strength. If you defend better and attack better, then you’ll win.

“The whole team has grown in terms of Europe and we must continue to do so. We struggled last time out against Torino – conceding two goals on the break.

“The good thing from that game was that we fought right until the end, but we have to start over again now.

“We played a bad game, but tomorrow will be a lot different. It is our first game against a very physical side who will be difficult to deal with.

“But with the crowd behind us, there’s no reason why we can’t do well.”