Friday February 10 2012
Milan boss Allegri: What crisis?

Milan tactician Massimiliano Allegri has dismissed talk of a crisis at the club ahead of their tie at Udinese.

The Rossoneri have been struggling recently after losing to Lazio and drawing 0-0 with Napoli in Serie A. They then lost 2-1 at home to Juventus in the Cup on Wednesday.

“There is no crisis,” he stated. “Absolutely not. I’m sure that we will fight against Juventus for the Scudetto until the very end.

“We have the same anger as they do, but we need to play with more attention.

“We are battling on all fronts, but it is at times like this when you have to talk little and work a lot to start winning games.”

The San Siro giants are also in the middle of an injury crisis which isn’t helping the former Cagliari tactician. Nevertheless, he remains optimistic.

“We’re serene and we are starting to get injured players back,” continued Allegri on Friday afternoon.

“Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta and Kevin Prince Boateng could be back for the game against Arsenal in the Champions League.

“It will be an important game against Udinese, but the squad is calm.

“We’ve analysed the defeats and we have to give more in terms of intensity and the brand of football we want to employ. We need to do that to start picking up points.”

Another problem has been posed by the three-match ban handed to Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he slapped Napoli’s Salvatore Aronica.

“He knows that he made a mistake, but it wouldn’t be right to get on his back.”

Udinese, tomorrow’s opponents, are a quality side at home given that they have won 10 of their 11 games at the Friuli. Juve, thanks to a 0-0 draw, are the only outfit to have stopped them.

“They are a quick team who are very capable on the break.

“Tactically speaking, we’ll have to show patience but also be alert in defence. They play some nice football and it will be tough for us.”

Milan squad - Goalkeepers: Amelia, Roma, Piscitteli.

Defenders: Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Mesbah, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta.

Midfielders: Ambrosini, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Seedorf, Cristante, Innocenti.

Forwards: El Shaarawy, Inzaghi, Maxi Lopez, Robinho.

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