Published On: Wed, Nov 14th, 2012

Civil war at AC Milan?

With an early-season blip threatening to turn into into a full-season crisis, the fractured relationship between AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri and his players is becoming more and more evident.

Following Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat to Fiorentina it was revealed that Allegri laid into his players’ attitudes, with the Gazzetto dello Sport reporting that he raged, “If you wanted to prove that you are all against me, then you did it.”

Meanwhile, Dutch international Urby Emanuelson has admitted to there being a ‘heavy atmosphere’ around the Rossoneri camp. Sunday’s defeat was the club’s sixth in twelve games and while admitting that the team understood the pressure of the situation, Emanuelson alluded to the role of the coach in undermining the consistency of the group.

“We are in a difficult situation at the moment,” he told “It seemed that we were getting better after a really poor start, but now we’re back to square one.

“The team feels the pressure, as does the coach. And that aggravates what is already a heavy atmosphere around the club.

“Our biggest problem is we don’t have a solid base of players. Three or four always play, and the rest just rotate around them.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani publicly backed the manager at the weekend, but rumours of a proposed approach for former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola have gathered momentum over the past few weeks.

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