Milan Derby – Allegri: “Derby means more to Inter than us”

Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri has stated once more that in his opinion Saturday evening’s Derby Della Maddonina will be more important for Inter than his Rossoneri side.
Allegri who has seen his team lead the standings for the past 21 rounds, feels that the pressure will be firmly on Inter to close the two-point gap to Milan, but he believes that the game will not be a title-decider.
“I am convinced that this derby is worth more to Inter than to us. I hear that in case of a defeat, we will be out but a draw or a victory and everything would still be in our favour.
“Inter won the Scudetto last year, twenty minutes from the end. We must think of the game as important, but at the same time we don’t think that the derby will decide the outcome of our season.”

The former Cagliari Coach also expressed his displeasure at the treatment meted out by various media organisations to the Rossoneri. Many Italian newspapers have declared that Milan’s season hangs by a thread.
“In these two weeks, I have heard and read many things. It annoys me to hear that Milan are in crisis. Sometimes, I have to look at the newspapers to confirm that we are still in the lead.
“To achieve certain results you have to look at what this team has done over the course of the season. Tomorrow we will play in front of 70,000 Milan fans who will up for this and naturally, the boys will have no problems getting motivated.”

Talk finally moved to that of tactics, and crucially for Milan they will be missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is suspended for the game. However, Allegri feels that he has a plan and needs to decide on only two positions for the game.
“Milan must play a technically sound game without conceding a lot of space. We are ready to play with confidence and it will be the team, not Pato or Boateng, that will be decisive, the whole team.
“Zambrotta or Antonini and Seedorf or Van Bommel? I have time and I will leave this decision to the end. It will be a balanced game, where we have to be calm and will have to use our head.”

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