Saturday February 19 2011
Allegri stands by captain Gattuso

Massimiliano Allegri urges Milan to “move on” after their Tottenham upset, but “never considered taking away Gennaro Gattuso's captaincy.”

It has been a tumultuous week for the Rossoneri, who lost 1-0 to Spurs in the Champions League and saw Gattuso vilified in the British media for his scuffle with Joe Jordan.

“We must continue, not begin again, especially in Serie A. We are ready to move on with this new group of games,” said the Coach ahead of Sunday's trip to Chievo.

“The Champions League is another matter. It is a shame for that undeserved defeat, but we'll only talk about Tottenham the day after Juventus-Milan.

“Naturally it is Milan's duty to aim for the victory in every competition. We're top of the Serie A table and in the Coppa Italia semi-final.

“As for Gattuso, I never considered taking away his captaincy, because he took responsibility for his actions. Rino made a mistake, but his career proves what kind of a player and a man he is.

“After the game he apologised to the club, to me and his teammates. I'd also point out he ended that match with 12 stitches to his knee. Rino deserves the armband.”

The Rossoneri are three points clear of Napoli and five ahead of Inter, but had notched up a series of stalemates before their 4-0 demolition of Parma last week.

“Quite a lot has changed since the last time we played Chievo. The team has grown up and gelled with the new signings settling in. The side has a different shape.”

Tomorrow Milan will wear special jerseys to commemorate President Silvio Berlusconi's 25 years at the helm, as he bought the club on February 20 1986.

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