AC Milan forget Serie A vows ahead of Barcelona trip
AC Milan will be keen on putting behind their Serie A sorrows for a night as the Italian club heads towards their Champions League battle against Barcelona on Wednesday. AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri, who has been under the gun for his side’s poor run of form, will attempt to win back the support of his fans as he heads towards Camp Nou to record an upset.
It won’t be something AC Milan hasn’t accomplished before. As a matter of fact the Rossoneri are unbeaten in their campaign in Europe. Such statistics giving hope to AC Milan’s cause, Allegri is keen on grabbing an away win.
“We’re on course to qualify for the knockout stages [of the Champions League], but we’re behind in the league,” Allegri said. “There are always difficult times and many sides have emerged from them, which is what we must do.”
Allegri understands that his side will need a Herculean effort to defeat Barcelona at their home. Barcelona, who are undefeated after 12 games in La Liga, can never be considered as an opponent that gives away a game.
The San Siro boss knows that Barcelona will give hell on earth to AC Milan at Camp Nou, but his side will have to cope and hope for the best. Allegri is taking one step at a time when it comes to planning for games, yet the Italian tactician knows that defeating Chievo on Sunday will be a much easier task than defeating Barcelona.
“We play them at 15.00 on Sunday, not yet,” Allegri said. “We’ll think of that game after Barcelona, which is a game which will cost us a lot of nervous energy. We’ve got to play like we did at home to them in defense and, if we do that, we’re not going to be lambs to the slaughter.”
Mario Balotelli hasn’t been in his best of form for AC Milan as of late, still Allegri has faith in the young Italian striker’s abilities. Kaka will join Balotelli in the attack as well. Only a fortnight ago, Kaka was the engine for AC Milan’s midfield. The Brazilian midfielder will have to keep up with his form for AC Milan to win the game.
“Let’s hope Kaka and Balotelli both manage to score tomorrow and that we play a good game as a team,” Allegri added. “Mario needs to play better than he has been doing recently.”