Monday March 7 2011
Allegri: Spurs aren't the elite

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri says that while Tottenham play great football, they still aren't among the elite in Europe.

The Serie A leaders travel to White Hart Lane on Wednesday in an effort to overturn the 1-0 defeat they suffered in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie last month.

Speaking to Radio CrC, Allegri said: "We mustn't make mistakes against Tottenham, but they profited with a good counter attack beating us by a goal to nil. However, it must be said that despite playing good football, Tottenham are not among the strongest in Europe.

"Moreover we have the disadvantage that in Europe, the three players who arrived in January can't go out on the pitch. Andrea Pirlo and Massimo Ambrosini are injured and we have a limited number of players in the middle of the pitch."

Asked about the title race in Serie A, he said: "There are still 10 games left and lots of points to play for.

"Napoli can still fight for the Scudettto also because in this League, you can't allow yourself to get too many games wrong otherwise you risk being caught.

"Keep an eye on Roma, Lazio, Udinese and Juventus who are still in the race for the top four places. Sure, when you win against the second placed team in the table and against Juventus it makes you realise that you are a step away from the title, but it's too soon to make predictions.

"Napoli deserve to be one of the top four teams of the season and I believe that they are not yet out of the fight for the Scudetto."

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