It has been a really tough start to the season for Milan fans, but Massimiliano Allegri is hoping that Saturday’s thrashing of Chievo will be the springboard for a better performance against Malaga at the San Siro on Tuesday.
After three rounds of matches, Milan are 5 points behind Malaga and Allegri’s knows that qualifying for the knockout stages will be much more difficult if they fail to beat Malaga at home.
“Málaga have a very good chance of getting through, but the group is still open” said Allegri.
“They have a lot of quality as they showed in our last game [when beating Milan 1-0]. We have to improve in attack. Victory against Chievo was very important for us, but we have to be humble because we have a lot of work to do. Some players need to improve.”
“Three wins may not even be enough to win the group, but now we are focused on qualification. We are in good physical condition and we have more confidence.
“Playing at San Siro is not easy – it takes some getting used to. Our new players are starting to do that and to prove their quality. The performances of [Riccardo] Montolivo and [Kévin] Constant have been proof of that.”
?Málaga lost to Rayo Vallecano but we will not pay much attention to that. On the left will be Constant, on the right will be [Ignazio] Abate. I have some doubts in attack. I expect a lot from everyone, not just from [Kevin-Prince] Boateng, Robinho and Pato. However, of course these three are great players for their physical and technical qualities. I hope San Siro will be full, as the lads deserve it.”
Milan Team news
Robinho has resumed training earlier than expected following the thigh injury he suffered on 16 October. Luca Antonini, however, is still out with a similar problem.
Málaga Team News
Jérémy Toulalan has recovered from the hamstring injury which has sidelined him since 23 September and has been named in the matchday squad. Nacho Monreal (back), Júlio Baptista (Achilles) and Recio (virus) miss out.