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Sunday January 16 2011
De Canio: 'Milan not impossible to beat'

Gigi De Canio's Lecce were torn apart by Milan in the season opener, but he is confident they won't suffer the same fate tonight.

“There have been some changes in our squad from that day,” he said of the 4-0 thrashing.

“Back then we had to pay a certain price for our first game, as many of our players had never been in Serie A and needed time to adapt.

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Sunday January 16 2011
Line-ups: Seedorf starts in Lecce

Clarence Seedorf steps in to support Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as leaders Milan travel to Lecce.

Antonio Cassano is on the bench once again, but will come on later against the rivals of his hometown club Bari.

Coach Max Allegri had to do without the injured Christian Abbiati, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Gianluca Zambrotta, Andrea Pirlo and Pippo Inzaghi.

Massimo Ambrosini returns to the midfield after his ban alongside Mathieu Flamini, but Robinho is suffering from flu and therefore rested in favour of Seedorf.

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Sunday January 16 2011
Allegri: 'Nothing to be alarmed about'

Massimiliano Allegri insists there is “nothing to be alarmed about” after Milan were held to a second consecutive draw at Lecce.

“It is only normal that through the course of a season there are moments where you win five to six games in a row and others in which you are punished at the first scoring opportunity,” he said of the 1-1 result.

“There's nothing to be alarmed about. In the first half Lecce never got close to our penalty area.

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Saturday January 15 2011
Robinho: 'I'm not meant to score'

Robinho assures wasting scoring opportunities at Milan is not a problem. “It is not my job to score goals.”

The Brazilian has impressed with his work rate so far this season, but in each game seems to miss a series of great chances.

“People say I waste too many chances, but I replied that it is not my job to score goals,” said the former Manchester City striker.

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Saturday January 15 2011
Abbiati and Pirlo miss Lecce trip

Milan are still without Christian Abbiati, Andrea Pirlo, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Gianluca Zambrotta.

The Serie A leaders travel to Lecce on Sunday and are still dealing with a series of injury problems.

It was hoped that midfielder Pirlo would be back in action for the trip to the Stadio Via del Mare, but he continues his spell on the treatment table.

Goalkeeper Abbiati is also absent again, so Marco Amelia takes the gloves against his former club.

Other absentees are Boateng, Zambrotta, Marek Jankulovski and Pippo Inzaghi.

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Saturday January 15 2011
Allegri: 'Next six games are crucial'

Max Allegri has told Milan not to think it'll be easy against Lecce, as “we must learn from our Udinese mistakes. The next six games will be crucial.”

The Serie A leaders dropped points last week with an epic 4-4 draw at San Siro decided in stoppages.

“We made mistakes against Udinese, but this does not change my evaluation of players like Marco Amelia, Luca Antonini and Daniele Bonera,” said the Coach.

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Saturday January 15 2011
Agent: 'Milan and Viola want Criscito'

“Milan and Fiorentina want Domenico Criscito,” revealed his agent. “He would obviously appreciate both options.”

The Genoa and Italy full-back is hot property on the transfer market during the January window.

“He is a very important player and President Enrico Preziosi will only release him when faced with a very advantageous offer,” Andrea D'Amico told Sky Sport Italia.

“Milan and Fiorentina want Criscito. He would obviously appreciate both options.”

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Friday January 14 2011
Milan 'delay' Bosingwa interest

Milan have rejected claims that they are lining up a January move for Jose Bosingwa of Chelsea.

The Portuguese international has been associated with the Italian giants given the player's contract situation at Stamford Bridge.

The defender has less than six months left on his deal in London and this will be Chelsea's last chance to cash in on him should they not offer him an extension.

However, Milan have noted that they have no plans to sign the right-back even if that may change at the end of the season.

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Friday January 14 2011
'I've reached the top with Milan'

Antonio Cassano claims there is no higher platform in world football than playing for a club like Milan.

The 28-year-old agreed to join the Rossoneri in December after falling out with his former club Sampdoria.

The Blucerchiati had asked that Cassano's contract be rescinded after he had a row with Riccardo Garrone.

The court of arbitration ruled that Cassano should stay at Samp, hence Garrone's decision to let the player join Milan practically for free.

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Friday January 14 2011
Galliani: 'Milan are in talks for Criscito'

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani admits that he has spoken to Genoa about the prospect of signing Domenico Criscito.

The full-back position has been a problem for Milan in recent years, but the club has focused instead on bringing in attacking talent.

Speaking at the official unveiling of Antonio Cassano, he said: "We are talking about it with Genoa President Enrico Preziosi.

"It was one of the things we spoke about over dinner in Brazil."

Galliani met Preziosi in South America while helping Ronaldinho find a new club.

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