Allegris mind on Malaga match, not future
Published : 23 Oct 2012 19:17:41
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is refusing to look beyond the Champions League match against Spanish side Malaga or discuss his immediate future with the club, he said on Tuesday.
After a dismal start to the season, Allegri's head is on the block, but he said: "I am absolutely not thinking that this could be my last match in charge.
"You'll have to ask the club about that. I'm not thinking about it, happily, I'm quite unconcerned."
Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Allegri added: "All I know is that we haven't picked up all the points we deserve to have done."
That was an allusion to the five defeats Milan have suffered in their first eight league games - the club's worst start for 30 years."
"I am aware our position in the table is not good, but I'm sure we'll recover and get out of it. We need to think less and act more," he added, insisting that the match against Malaga "will show what we're made of".
Milan are second in Champions League Group C, behind Malaga, but they will once more be without first-choice goalkeeper Christian Abbiati, who has not recovered from the respiratory infection which saw him miss the trip to Lazio at the weekend.
Right back Ignazio Abate and Dutch defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong, scorer of Milan's first goal on Saturday, are also missing.
In their absence, Allegri will play Riccardo Montolivo in a more defensive role and could be forced to give Ghanaian Kevin-Prince Boateng another run-out as playmaker, despite his performance against Lazio which saw Allegri pull him off at half-time.