Friday September 27 2013
Allegri demands win against Samp

The time has come for Milan to start winning, boss Massimiliano Allegri has said ahead of the game against Sampdoria.

The Diavolo have had a slow start to the season given that they have collected just five points from their first five games.

“We have to concentrate on just doing well,” the tactician stated on Friday. “We have a difficult game tomorrow.

“Delio Rossi is an excellent Coach and Sampdoria are coming off the back of a good display against Roma. But we have to win.”

Milan are currently twelfth in the table, 10 points behind leaders Roma and already eight away from the Champions League zone.

“I’ll look at the League table at Christmas. In my opinion, we will be in a different position by then. We’re a bit behind, but there are still so many games left. Let’s just think about winning tomorrow.”

Allegri was inevitably asked about Mario Balotelli, the striker who still has two games left to run on his three-match ban.

“His dismissal happened six days ago, I think we need to stop talking about it now.

“He’s said sorry and now he needs to think about working. He needs to improve the way he reacts on the pitch. He knows that and I hope he understands that.

“Alessandro Matri? He is working hard. He had three chances against Bologna, two clear ones, but he has to stay calm as the goals will arrive.”

Allegri added that Nigel De Jong would play tomorrow, while he hopes Stephan El Shaarawy will be back for Ajax in midweek.