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Milan ‘Saving’ Strength for Tougher Times?

AC  Milan - PSV in San Siro - www.yme.nlAc Milan look to take things carefully ahead of their potential Scudetto battle against Juventus next weekend as coach Massimiliano Allegri is resting several important players who are not 100% fit on his team’s Sunday clash against Cesena.

Kevin Prince-Boateng, Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta, Phillipe Mexes, Mathieu Flamini and also Alberto Aquilani will still be left out for this week match as Allegri doesn’t want push them ahead of their recover schedule.

Allegri confirmed that Boateng and Pato suffered muscle problems after both made a rather early appearances against Arsenal, but the two might be able to get themselves fit again for upcoming weekend. Meanwhile, despite already started training again with the first team, Aquilani and Flamini are being kept under protection by the Rossoneri’s tactician as he doesn’t want to lose them for further more games because being released too early.

“Nesta’s knee is playing up, we hope to have him back as soon as we can. He’ll definitely be available for the game against Juventus. Pato suffered some muscle fatigue as did Boateng. Mexes will be back available in a couple of days. Flamini is doing well in training. Aquilani will be evaluated when he starts to push himself more,” Allegri explained on Milan’s official site.

Obviously still having injury problems might not be super ideal for Milan but resting them for bigger occasion might be the better option as it does work out fine for the Rossoneri on their last match against Arsenal. The Red and Black squad still have several quality players that could be maximize against Cesena, so getting the unfit players into 100% before returning to the pitch obviously the perfect option considering Allegri’s team will have tougher opponents next weekend.

It remains to be seen whether Milan’s brave gamble work out fine this Sunday, considering they do need all three points to keep their distance with Juventus, who are currently ahead on the table after winning their game on Saturday. Having one more game in hand, obviously the Rossoneri must keep the pressure high on Conte’s team and also needed a victory next weekend to destroy the Turin giant’s growing confidence this season.

“I hope we can get to the game against Juventus with another three points. As far as we’re concerned there’s no need to raise voices but rather to concentrate on what we have to do because we lost in turin and in the first leg of the Italian cup semi-final,” Allegri stated.


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