Saturday April 9 2011
Allegri: 'Fiorentina trip is crucial'

Max Allegri is dropping Robinho to make way for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “The Fiorentina game is crucial for the Scudetto,” said the Milan boss.

The 3-0 victory over Inter has put their lead at the top to three points, but Napoli are now the main contenders for the title.

“Tomorrow's trip to Fiorentina is crucial for the Scudetto. I think an important result can give us a big boost,” said the Coach.

“We struggled to beat them last time. They have great technique, good players and a tactically organised set-up. It is a big loss for them that Adrian Mutu is suspended, but at this moment we have to stay concentrated, as they will also try to beat us and take the initiative.”

The Rossoneri welcome back Ibrahimovic from his two-match ban, but lose Alessandro Nesta to injury and Antonio Cassano to suspension.

“Mario Yepes will replace Sandro. Leaving Robinho out is tough, as he is in great shape, but the important thing is that we all have the Scudetto in our thoughts and work for the unit, setting aside individual needs.”

It seems as if Robinho will be pushed on to the bench to make way for Ibra, as Alexandre Pato cannot be dropped after his derby brace.

“Pato is doing well and the goals boosted his confidence. He played a great game in the derby and that made me very happy. He has definitely improved in the way he plays with his teammates, so this helps the rapport with Ibra.”

This week has seen Milan irritated that Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli suggested he'd like Napoli to win the title.

“I think Prandelli was misunderstood. It's the last of my concerns who the Italy manager supports,” replied Allegri.

“However, I do maintain Inter will try to win the Scudetto and stay in the Champions League. We just have to focus on ourselves and not what the other teams are doing.”

Allegri was also asked about Mario Balotelli, who is having more problems at Manchester City and is repeatedly linked with a San Siro transfer.

“He's a young lad and must learn respect is the foundation for everything. In order to stay in a society, you need these characteristics and youngsters can get it wrong.

“Football players set an example for many young people. Balotelli will understand his mistakes and, I hope for his sake, learn from them. He is a public figure and must behave in a certain way, then he can become a champion.”

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