AC Milan coach: PSV Eindhoven are very strong collectively
The first leg of the play-off will take place at the Phillips Stadion, and despite the excitement surrounding the match, Allegri believes PSV will cause Milan problems as they are ahead in their conditioning.
“Certainly there is some adrenaline, especially because this is the first official match after the friendlies,” Allegri told SkySport24.
“It is a difficult round because playing against the Dutch is never easy and they are ahead of us, having already played three matches in the championship. We are doing well but we are not at 100%.
“We must play an intelligent match and be attentive defensively because they are very good. We tried to arrive at this match in the best condition possible and we are hoping not to ruin things, especially against PSV who are great collectively.
“[Mario] Balotelli’s first match with us in the Champions League? He is doing well, having someone like him in the squad helps everyone to grow. He is an amazing player and we must always remember that. It will be an important test for him as he has not played that much thus far.
“[M'Baye] Niang and [Andrea] Petagna? They will start on the bench. They are young and it will be a chance for them to gain international experience.
“Doubts over the formation? [Urby] Emanuelson- [Kevin] Constant for the left and [Sulley] Muntari-[Antonio] Nocerino for the midfield. Muntari will be suspended for Saturday [against Verona], but we will then play three days later so we need fresh players.
“[Stephan] El Shaarawy? Stephan is doing much better than the end of last season. [Kevin-Prince] Boateng is following suit and they are two players who we expect to have a great season.
“A gift if we qualify? We will see, at this time there are a lot of players in the squad. It’s a pity we won’t have [Giampaolo] Pazzini available. He was key for us last season and we will not have him until the end of October.
“It is an important absence for us despite the addition of Petagna who is a youngster of great quality, but he still only remains an 18-year-old.”
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