Tuesday November 15 2011
Allegri: 'Barca like a Final'

Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan’s Champions League clash with Barcelona is “like a Final.”

The two teams have already qualified for the knockouts, but go head-to-head on Wednesday in order to decide the group winners.

“We have to treat this game like we would a Final, knowing that we have only one result available to us in order to finish first,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“However, right now what counts even more is the game with Fiorentina on Saturday night. We’ll face a team revitalised by the change of management and the atmosphere this has brought about in the fans.

“Florence is a difficult arena, but we have worked very well in the past week with the players we had.”

Alexandre Pato and Gennaro Gattuso returned to training over the break for international duty, though the midfielder still has blurred vision.

“Pato is doing well, but hasn’t played for two months, so we’ll have to see if he’s ready to feature at the Stadio Franchi. Ringhio isn’t ready yet and we must be cautious, but it was an important sign to train the way he did.”

Milan have clambered back up the table after a poor start thanks to five consecutive Serie A victories.

“Lazio and Udinese are top of the table, confirming the good work they did last season, while Juventus are the real novelty, as they changed so much over the summer that they can now challenge for the Scudetto.”