Tuesday September 20 2011
Allegri: 'You can't doubt Milan'

Massimiliano Allegri hails Udinese, but feels Milan were “penalised by refereeing decisions” in their Napoli defeat.

The Rossoneri are already five points off the top of the table after Sunday night's 3-1 thrashing at the San Paolo.

“We played well with a few mistakes and were penalised by refereeing decisions. It's true that we have to improve, be more focused and embrace the spirit of sacrifice, though,” said the Coach.

Without only a pair of 2-2 draws against Lazio and Barcelona, the pressure is on to deliver a victory on Wednesday night, especially against current Serie A leaders Udinese.

“The Friulani are doing very well, as are Cagliari, Napoli and Juventus, plus can be proud they have not yet conceded. We've got to be wary, as at the moment we are paying a heavy price for every single slip-up.

“There's no point looking at the table now. It's true we only have a point and maybe it's fair enough to say the leaders are breaking away, but our quality remains the same and cannot be put in doubt after the Napoli defeat.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini and Mathieu Flamini are still out of action.

“Ibra won't recover in time for Cesena, but should be ready for Juventus. The same is true for Boateng, while Robinho won't make it. Gattuso is undergoing tests on his optic nerve to evaluate his recovery time.

“If Pippo Inzaghi is ready to play some of the game, then I'll bring him with us on the bench. I can confirm Alexandre Pato and Antonio Cassano will play up front. I could place Thiago Silva in midfield, as he did well there in the past.”