Massimiliano Allegri on tomorrow evening’s match against Genoa.
MILANELLO – Here’s what Massimiliano Allegri had to say in today’s press conference head of Genoa-Milan tomorrow evening at 20.45:
On Genoa: "They’re in good shape physically. They’ve got some points on the table recently and tomorrow will be looking to book their place in next season’s top flight. We have to be aware that three points tomorrow will be important for the third place spot that we have to defend from now until the end of the season. I’ll be putting out the strongest possible team without thinking of Barcelona. We have an almost full squad to choose from and that’s positive. They have a lot of good technical players and I think we’ll have to be patient and to defend well even when we push forward.”
On third place: "I’m calm. There are a lot of teams around us but there are a lot of head to head games to come as well. We’ll need balance and we’ll have to maintain the condition that we’re in. the objective is to improve in the league. Even if we get knocked out of the Champions League we’ll have done well anyway. The league has a long way to go. We have to maintain this condition and put a lot of enthusiasm into the next 2 months.
The Cassano/Pazzini swap: “It was a deal between the two clubs. Giampoalo suited us well and Antonio wanted to leave.”
The forward line: “Balotelli hasn’t got 90 minutes in his legs yet. We have options and I think Mario will start from the bench. Boateng does well as a forward. I’m happy with what he’s doing and with the team.”
Contract renewal: “It’s not a priority. We have two big games coming up and we have to get to the end of the season in third place. It’s not something I’m thinking about.”
On Barcelona: “It’s a game that prepares itself. They’re the best team in the world. A loss to real Madrid doesn’t change that. Anything can happen on Tuesday and the less we think about it, the better off we’ll be. It’s satisfying to go there with a two goal lead.”
The title: “I doubt that Juventus can drop an 11 point lead. Napoli have them in their sights but I think Juve will do it. They have two more points than they had at this stage last season. Conte won’t say this as he as to keep his players motivated, but the title is theirs 99.9%
On Genoa: "Tomorrow will be a tough game physically and we’ll have to see how the game goes and adapt to it. It’ll be a hot atmosphere as well as they’re fighting to stay in the top flight.”
The dressing room last year: “It was similar to this year but with more injuries. The decisive game of last year’s campaign was against Catania.”
The league standings: “It’s thanks to the club decision to get in good players and we have to continue to improve because it wouldn’t take much to undo much of the good work that we’ve done. We’ll have to show balance.”
The Calendar: “I think it’ll go down to the end. We have three head to head clashes and we have top pick up points to end the season in the best possible position.”
Pazzini-Balotelli: "They can play together”
On the come-back: "We have to respect our adversary as well as being aware of what we can do. When you have 7 points after 8 games, it’s tough. The league won’t end tomorrow evening and we need to show continuity in our results to hang on to third place.
On Cassano: "I can say that Cassano always behaved well. He never showed signs of anger and he was very important for our title win. He was always held in high esteem.”
On tomorrow’s formation: “Abate os the only player who will be given a rest. Constant is fine. Ambrosini is in fine form.”
The importance of tomorrow: “The thee points are fundamental as we would stay in third. Zaccardo did well on Saturday when he came on. He’s getting used to playing with a back four.”
The infirmary: “Except for de Jong and Didac Vilà, everyone is available.”