AC Milan coach not under any extra pressure
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri doesn’t feel under any extra pressure this season.
The 46-year-old came close to losing his job with the Rossoneri in the summer, but club decided to retain his services for the upcoming season.
“I don’t feel under examination, absolutely not,” he told the press. “Once the games that count start then a coach has to begin collecting results.
“He is in charge of the group so if things go wrong then he is the first one who is questioned. This is my fourth season at Milan and I’m happy with what I have done so far.
“I spoke to Berlusconi yesterday and also before the PSV game. We often speak and we are all close to him during this difficult time.
“I don’t know if we are stronger than last season. Juventus are still Scudetto favourites, but the championship is a long one.
“We’ve been working together for a year and we now know each other better. The players need to grow, as does the team as a collective.
“[Mario] Balotelli is still young. He has worked well up until this point. He could potentially get 25-30 goals this season, it all depends on him. But don’t forget that he is still just a 23-year-old.”
Milan start their season away to newly promoted Hellas Verona on Saturday evening.
“Verona have Luca Toni, they are a side who don’t offer you much and they will be playing with great enthusiasm,” Allegri continued.
“We’ll need to play with our heads and technique, in the knowledge that you can win games in the 90th minute.
“I’ll decide on Saturday whether Nigel De Jong or Antonio Nocerino will play alongside Andrea Poli and Riccardo Montolivo in midfield.
“It’s likely that Ignazio Abate will start at right-back seeing as Mattia De Sciglio hasn’t played a game for a while.”