Friday March 18 2011
Allegri expects test in Sicily

Milan boss Max Allegri has told his players to expect a tough test when they travel to play Palermo in Sicily this weekend.

The League leaders are looking to preserve their five-point advantage at the top ahead of the upcoming Derby della Madonnina.

"Serse Cosmi is a prepared Coach who knows how to manage his team," Allegri said.

"It will be difficult because Palermo are coming off five straight defeats. They are playing at home and are a team in possession of undeniable technical qualities in midfield and in attack.

"We'll find an opponent who can create a lot of difficulties for us. We know that they don't joke in attack. Yes, the numbers says that on a defensive level they concede something, but every game is different. Milan will need to give a great technical performance.

"Palermo have players who can make the difference like Pastore, Miccoli and Pinilla, but I wouldn't like to forget that we have Nesta, Thiago Silva, Pato and Seedorf.

"The team is good and if we manage to stay calm and collected at the Barbera we will give a great performance."