May 15th, 2013
AC Milan have the opportunity to potentially seal the third spot in the Italian Serie A with a win over, during the weekend, but manager Massimiliano Allegri is aware of the fact that this will not be an easy feat. Allegri has managed to bring about a huge change in the Milan fortunes this season. The team were struggling down near the bottom of the table, but they are within touching distance of reaching the Champions League qualification spots. However, the work is not done yet because of the threat from Fiorentina in the final few matches of the campaign.
Allegri is aware of the fact that a win against Roma will be enough for his team. There are only two matches left in the season and AC Milan have a four point advantage over their main rivals Fiorentina. However, if Milan lose the match against Roma, then Fiorentina will certainly be back in the race for the top three. Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella, though, has said that he is not extremely optimistic about his team’s chances of finishing in the third place. He reckons that they have ultimately left themselves with too much to do at the end of the season. Milan’s final match of the season will be away to Siena.
“We hope to take the win on Sunday against Roma that would mathematically guarantee us third place. But we have to remain focused,” said Allegri ahead of the match with Roma. “Our season has been very positive and we’ve made few errors. We can’t change anything, but we have no regrets. I want to consolidate this fourth place,” said Fiorentina manager regarding his team’s chances of finishing in the third place. Fiorentina’s last two matches will be against Palermo and Pescara. They have a four point advantage over Udinese.
February 22nd, 2013
The Italian club AC Milan have confirmed that the current manager Massimiliano Allegri will be retained as the manager next season as well. The future of the 45-year-old has been subjected to a lot of speculation over the last few months, with many expecting his impending departure. However, the form of the club has shown an incredible rise over the past few months. Milan, who were struggling with the prospect of relegation earlier in the season, are now closer to the top three positions than their arch rivals Inter Milan. This coupled with the arrival of a few quality signings during January has improved the mood at the club.
The vice president Adriano Galliani has taken time to confirm that Allegri will remain as the manager of Milan. He also compared Allegri to the former manager of Milan – Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti had a lot of success with Milan and he was especially famous for a stable time at the club. Milan are just a few points below the top three positions, which will guarantee them Champions League football next season. Due to the financial situation of the club, Milan certainly need to play in the group stages of this competition. The club recently signed Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who scored two goals on his debut.
“Allegri will still be Milan’s coach next season. He is a good tactician and we have always known that. He reminds me of Carlo Ancelotti because he is so balanced,” said the Milan vice president Adriano Gallaini. Milan have been on an incredible run of form in the last few weeks, which has seen them drop just two points out of a possible 15 points. As a result, they are only three points below the third placed Lazio. They are ahead of their arch rivals Inter Milan on goal difference.
January 16th, 2013
After suffering one of the worst years in the history, the AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has said that he is extremely confident that the New Year will prove to be significantly positive for the club in every aspect. After suffering a number of financial problems, Milan had to sell a number of high profile players like Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic summer. The loss of such magnitude has been simply too much to take for the team, which has suffered with inconsistencies and poor form since the start of the season. As a result, they are currently seventh in the Italian Serie A table.
Milan recently lost 4-2 to one of the top teams in Italy – Roma. Despite this defeat, Allegri has said that he remains upbeat about the chances of Milan finishing the season positively. It looks highly unlikely that Milan will be able to qualify for the Champions league next season. They are currently at the last 16 stage of this European competition with the Spanish club Barcelona. Hence, they will find it hard to even progress to the quarter-final stage. In addition to this, they have also lost the services of the star Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, while the departure of Robinho is also expected shortly.
“After the defeat to Roma, we need to bounce back. Hopefully in 2013 we will solve our problems at conceding goals from set-pieces. The important thing is to improve our mental approach. Our objective is to qualify for the Champions League and we need to start picking up points,” said the Milan manager. The future of Allegri has been in a cloud of doubt over the last few months, but he now looks set to complete at least the season with Milan before possibly leaving the club in the summer.
December 20th, 2012
The AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has suggested that the match against Catania will be extremely important for the team. He has said that this match is even more important than the last weekend’s encounter with Juventus. The 1-0 win over Juventus has given AC Milan a lot of confidence ahead of this match. A lot of the AC Milan players have been speaking about the confidence of being able to qualify for the Champions League next season. The team is currently in the 10th position, with Catania one point ahead of them in the table.
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The AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani recently said that the manager Massimiliano Allegri will remain at the club at least in the end of the season. He was speaking after the 1-0 win over Juventus that helped the club get into the top half of the table for the first time this season. However, the hard work done against Juventus will not matter if the club did not get a victory against Catania according to the manager. The AC Milan goalkeeper recently Amelia said that Allegri was the best man for the job because he has finally found a formation that has suited players, as they dominated against the champions Juventus during the weekend.
“I think it will be a very tough match tomorrow (Friday), because we will be facing Catania and they are very strong at home, almost all the points they have taken have come from their home games. On the top of that, they’ve just been defeated in their derby match against Palermo, so they will be determined to win again and there will be a difficult atmosphere for us. Tomorrow’s (Friday’s) match is much more important than the one against Juventus last Sunday,” said Allegri ahead of the match with Catania.