Friday August 5 2011
Allegri has Ibra conundrum

Massimiliano Allegri admits he's got a tough choice on who'll partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Inter.

“Robinho, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Antonio Cassano and Alexandre Pato are battling it out for two starting spots,” said the Milan Coach ahead of tomorrow's Italian Super Cup in Beijing.

“These are never easy decisions, especially for a game that could go to extra time, so I need everybody.”

The Rossoneri are relatively unchanged from last season, especially as Philippe Mexes and Stephen El Shaarawy are injured with Taye Taiwo suspended.

“I don't know if Inter will take on a new tactical approach, as only Gian Piero Gasperini knows that.

“If Dejan Stankovic recovers from that knee problem, he'll be an important player for this match. He's a warrior, so I expect him to be there. If I could take anyone away from Inter, it would be Samuel Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder.

“We're starting on a par in this game and have the same hunger to win this Super Cup. Mind you, I felt less nervous ahead of the derby that sent the Scudetto our way last season.”

Allegri was asked about the continuing transfer speculation around the squad, most notably Cassano's future and the mysterious Mr X target.

“None of us are thinking about the transfer market, as tomorrow's game requires a great deal of concentration. We want to be competitive in the Champions League and at least reach the quarter-finals, but this is for later.

“Cassano? He needs to be helped the same way as everyone else in this squad. Since we have been here, Cassano's fitness has improved.”