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ROBERTO DONADONI AHEAD OF PARMA-MILAN: "Milan's squad level is very high"

MILAN – Roberto Donadoni ahead of tomorrow’s match against Milan at the Tardini stadium in Parma:

“How can we cause a team like Milan problems? Giving 110% and raising the bar of our own possibilities with an intense match. Saying if I’m more wary of Balotelli, Kakà, Birsa or Robinho would be reductive. The squad is very high level with many internationals and players coming back from injury of getting back to fitness. They have many quality alternatives but we’ll have to work first and foremost on ourselves.”


MILAN - Massimiliano Allegri called up the following 23-man squad for the match at Parma: Amelia, Coppola, Gabriel, Abate, Constant, De Sciglio, Silvestre, Vergara, Zaccardo, Zapata, Birsa, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Kakà, Montolivo, Muntari, Poli, Saponara, Balotelli, Matri, Niang, Robinho.


MILAN - The team are going through their final training session before playing Parma tomorrow.

MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI TO THE MILAN CHANNEL: "Tomorrow's a fundamental game for the league"

MILANELLO - Massimiliano Allegri spoke exclusively to the Milan Channel today:
“Yesterday was the only training session that we were able to do some speed work. After Barcelona, the team trained well. Tomorrow’s a fundamental game for the league and we need points against a team that’s doing well. It won’t be easy but we need the three points. The important thing is that the team have the right approach. We need to be attentive and patient as Parma concede very little and they’re a tough team. Cassano can always make things happen and it’ll be tough but it’s a fundamental game for us. We have to change gear playing away from home as we haven’t won yet. We have to do it tomorrow to get our first away win but more importantly for the league table. Kakà is important for the team but also for th dressing room. He’s an example for the younger players to follow. Amelia played a good game on Tuesday and now I have to decide who to put between the posts on Sunday. Tuesday was an important point for the Champions League but there’s no point dwelling on that now. We need points now as we have matches against Lazio and Fiorentina coming up. We have to forget about Barcelona. We have a lot of young players on the team and some players that have come from smaller clubs so you have to immediately get used to where you are and this is a big team. The ambition is not just to win single games but to achieve higher results and bigger objectives and you have you work every day to do that. The mental balance needs to be strong and you have to look at tomorrow without thinking about yesterday. Kaka has that mentality and it’s not by chance that he won the Ballon d’Or. He can be important for the players that have not yet reached that level of mental balance. I’ve always played with three forwards since I’ve been at the club and we can’t use formations that don’t correspond to the characteristics of the players. De Sciglio is back training and he’ll be available for selection. It’s important to have all the players available as we’re playing so many games. Donadoni is a great coach and as far as I know a great person. We played well here last season and we have to repeat that, playing good football and defending well."


MILAN - Mario Balotelli is one of the 50 candidates for the Ballon d'Or. On Tuesday the list will be reduced to 23.