Allegri losing faith in AC Milan as AC Milan lose faith in Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri claims he doesn’t have high expectations from AC Milan in the Champions League this season. The Italian boss believes AC Milan might not even qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament. Allegri’s confessions arrive ahead of the AC Milan’s trip to Celtic on Tuesday.
A draw between Barcelona and Ajax along with a victory for AC Milan will guarantee Allegri’s men a spot in the Last-16 of the Champions League. However, the San Siro boss is pessimistic about such results. Allegri isn’t even convinced about picking up a win over the Celtic.
“Playing here at Celtic [Park] is another thing altogether,” Allegri said in a news conference on Monday. “Tomorrow's game may not be enough for us to qualify. We're going to have to remain serene and play attentively.”
AC Milan will travel to Celtic Park after defeating their opponents 2-0 at San Siro on September 18. The Rossoneri are currently experiencing their worst form since 1982, when they were relegated to Serie B.
Allegri is under a lot of scrutiny for AC Milan’s abysmal form. A 1-1 draw with Genoa on Saturday night further pilled pressure on Allegri. Rumors suggest Allegri has already secured a sacking and this game will be his last with AC Milan.
However, Allegri insists he is not distracted by such reports. Allegri claims his side is concentrating on acquiring the best results on game-to-game basis and presently they were focusing on defeating Celtic.
“We're just thinking about getting results,” Allegri said. “We've not got them in the league when we could and should have got them, so now we'll try to get them in the Champions League. I don't understand why I should not be here [in January], even if it's normal to be under discussion.
“We had a similar start last season, but crying gets you nowhere. We need to think about what will be and not what could have been.”
Allegri also talked about reports of Mario Balotelli arriving late to the team’s training camp on Monday. Allegri was infuriated by media talking about the news and said that such issues were a club’s private matter.
“These things should not come out and I'm angered by it,” Allegri said. “It happens. I'm just sorry that some stories come out, and I ask myself where they emerge from.
“Mario has got to play a great game and we expect a lot of him. He's not in a great moment of form and he was unlucky with the penalty on Saturday. I hope he has a fire burning in his belly to turn around what's happened in recent matches.”