Wednesday October 19 2011
Allegri: 'Now to win the group'

Massimiliano Allegri can see Milan improving and after the victory over BATE “we want to win the Champions League group.”

The Rossoneri are joint top with Barcelona after a draw and two successes, but in front thanks to their 2-2 result at the Nou Camp.

Tonight's 2-0 win over BATE Borisov means they will qualify if they pick up three points in the next game in Belarus.

“This evening it was important to win so we could put a deposit down on qualification,” said the Coach.

“Now our objective is to win the Champions League group, as that would be a great result for us.”

There were some nervous moments, as when still goalless Mark Van Bommel gave away a potentially disastrous backpass.

“These things can happen over the course of a match and Christian Abbiati made a wonderful save. From then on it was fairly smooth sailing, but when things look too easy that is when you can get distracted.

“We are rediscovering ourselves. There is an important month ahead in Serie A and the Champions League, so we need to close in on the top of the domestic table.

“I wanted to introduce Philippe Mexes earlier, but it's important he made his comeback after six months out.

“Taye Taiwo still needs to improve, while Antonio Nocerino and Alberto Aquilani have settled in very well.”