Allegri hopes Kaka’s form can help AC Milan acquire a Champions League berth
AC Milan are in the Champions League this year, but they might not be the next time. AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri admits his side might fail to qualify for the coveted tournament this season after falling 13 points behind the top three teams in the league.
Allegri and Co. were left further stranded in the middle of the Serie A table after a 1-1 draw with Lazio on Wednesday. The Rossoneri slipped further down the table as Roma, Napoli and Juventus further increased their lead on top of the table.
If AC Milan continues to perform at their current form for the rest of the season the best opportunity for them to play in the Champions League will be to actually win the tournament, which should be a task next to impossible.
“It’s a very bad moment for us,” Allegri told Sky television. “The only way out of it is by working hard, but of course we’re now a long way off third place. They’re going at a rate of knots up at the top and if they carry on like this, it’s going to be impossible for us to go and catch them.
“What we really needed was to get back to winning ways, and now we’re going to have to try to climb the table starting with the Fiorentina game. But if we play like this, we’ll get good results.”
Kaka scored a stunning goal for his first goal in his second spell at the club, but the goal wasn’t enough to ensure the three points. AC Milan might be falling further behind the top teams in the league, but they are only seven points away from the top five.
Allegri claims he still has hope of infiltrating the top four and with Kaka’s brilliant form this task could be made a lot easier. Kaka, who made an impressive start to second spell at AC Milan against Barcelona in the Champions League, claims to have reacquired his passion for football since returning to the Rossoneri.
“I’m delighted to have scored again at the San Siro,” Kaka said. “It’s a special emotion. I’m sorry about the result, but I had some difficult times at Real Madrid and now this is a beautiful moment in which I’ve rediscovered my joy of playing football.
“I need to thank Milan and the fans for this second chance. I want to play in another World Cup and, for this, I need to do well at Milan, and I’m trying to do my best. I see things are getting better.”