Friday September 23 2011
Allegri: 'There is no Milan crisis'

Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan are in an emergency situation due to injuries, but with two points from three rounds assures “there is no crisis.”

The Rossoneri welcome Cesena on Saturday evening and have only two points from three Serie A games this season.

“We are coming off some good performances, but without getting results often due to mistakes. There is no crisis,” insisted the Coach.

“In the two situations when we were caught on the break in Napoli, we lacked balance in midfield, but that is also because we just introduced two new figures like Alberto Aquilani and Antonio Nocerino. It's not easy to immediately get that rapport.”

The injury crisis has ruled out Alexandre Pato for a month, joining long-term absentees Kevin-Prince Boateng, Robinho, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini and Mathieu Flamini, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luca Antonini, Daniele Bonera and Philippe Mexes are all doubts for Saturday.

It means the only two fully fit strikers available are Antonio Cassano and teenager Stephan El Shaarawy.

“Cassano is fit and doing well. He must give more, which is true of everyone in the squad,” continued Allegri.

“El Shaarawy is a youngster who absolutely must not have responsibility heaped on his shoulders. He must focus on his innocence and enthusiasm. There will be two strikers against Cesena, they are Cassano and El Shaarawy.

“We need to have a concentrated game, like the one we had on Wednesday against Udinese, as Cesena are organised and dangerous on the counter-attack.

“On Sunday we'll see how Ambro and Ibrahimovic are doing, as they have a slight chance of featuring in the Champions League, but Boateng is out.

“As for Pato, when there are so many repeated injury setbacks, it is rarely just one factor causing it. We analysed his records since he arrived in Italy and in future must be even more careful in evaluating him. It is interesting to note all Pato's muscular injuries were picked up at San Siro.”