Lazio vs. Milan  3 - 2

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´Fragile´ AC Milan worrying Bonera

21 October 2012 14:58

AC Milan defender Daniele Bonera admits he is concerned about how fragile his side look after their fifth league loss of the season.

Massimiliano Allegri's men were once more undone as Lazio raced into a 3-0 lead at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Nigel de Jong and Stephan El Shaarawy scored to reduce the deficit to 3-2, but the visitors were unable to complete the comeback.

The defeat also meant that for only the third time in Milan's history – and the first time in 70 years – the club have lost five times in their first eight games of the season.

Bonera suggested the tactics of under-fire coach Allegri did little to help their cause against Lazio.

"We found (we were) playing solid with two midfielders, but tonight the coach decided to deploy de Jong in front of the defence with two players more offensive in (Antonio) Nocerino and (Riccardo) Montolivo," Bonera told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"At the moment we are a bit fragile even in form, as well as mentally."

Meanwhile, striker Alexandre Pato remained positive, having made his first Serie A appearance of the season, coming on for Nocerino in the 51st minute.

"Now I just have to play as much as possible because I miss the pace (of the match). The team is growing, Milan will always be a successful club," he said.

"PSG? I still have a year-and-a-half (left on my) contract, I just (want) to do well here.

"(Pep) Guardiola? As everyone knows, he is one of the best, but at this time we think of our game and our boss."

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Allegri fears relegation battle

21 October 2012 02:01

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was at a loss to explain the 3-2 defeat to Lazio on Saturday.

Milan trailed by three goals at the 50th minute before goals from Nigel de Jong and Stephan El Shaarawy reduced the arrears at the Olimpico in Rome.

"Tonight, the team did create chances and worked hard," Allegri told reporters after the match.

"We've got to start winning games however, or we risk being embroiled in the relegation zone.

"We paid the price for Lazio's only chances in the first half unfortunately, and must learn to avoid errors, even if there were good points to take from this game.

"Recently, the team has not been getting the results it deserves. A coach will always be under examination, but we must keep working hard to climb back up the table."

The loss to Inter in the Milan derby and the latest capitulation to Vladimir Petkovic's men mean that Allegri has overseen the club's worst start to a league campaign in more than 70 years.

Despite hovering just two points outside the bottom three in Serie A, the Milan board have, so far, continuously stood by their coach, maintaining that he has their full support.

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Ambrosini accepts Milan below-par

20 October 2012 05:51

Massimo Ambrosini admitted AC Milan are not performing to their full potential but insists he and his team-mates can and will improve.

The veteran midfielder explained that the Rossoneri often make feeble startS to their campaigns and although he is unsure of what their final position will be, he knows their fortunes will change for the better.

"Our value will come out, we are always united and we will prove it," he told Forza Milan.

"Right now I do not know our true value, in the sense that the team are not expressing their talent to the fullest.

"Do not worry, we are only at the beginning of the season and Milan have historically struggled to start the season well. In other words, we can and must do better."

The 35-year-old went on to discuss the quality of the rest of the division and claimed he had not been impressed with the standard on show.

"Where can we get and what we can do will dictate the rest of the field, but we are Milan and I do not think that the opposition have shown that much class, apart from the two at the top," he added.

Milan sit in 11th in Serie A with seven points from seven games.

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Galliani: Pato return a ´gradual process´

19 October 2012 17:44

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani insists the club will not take any risks with Alexandre Pato on his return from injury.

The Brazil international has yet to make an official appearance for the San Siro side this term due to injury.

But he is set to make his comeback against Lazio in Serie A on Saturday after being included in the 21-man match squad.

"Pato is in good shape and he has been training well since his return to the training ground," Galliani told Sky Sports Italia.

"However, we should not forget that he has been out of action for a long time, and his comeback is a gradual process.

"It's up to coach Massimiliano Allegri to decide how he will use him."

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Robinho blow for Milan

16 October 2012 16:46

AC Milan striker Robinho will miss Saturday's Serie A clash with Lazio because of a thigh injury.

The Brazil international has been ruled out for 10 days, Milan said on Tuesday.

Robinho, who has been restricted to mainly substitute appearances for Massimiliano Allegri's struggling side this season, will likely miss next week's Champions League meeting with Malaga.

Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati also missed Tuesday's training session with a chest infection but is expected to play over the weekend.

Milan sit 11h in the Italian top flight and will look to kickstart their season with victory over third-placed Lazio.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +47 87
2 38 +37 78
3 38 +28 72
4 38 +28 70
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +15 62
7 38 +9 61
8 38 +4 56
9 38 -2 54
10 38 -1 49
11 38 -12 47
12 38 -15 45
13 38 -6 44
14 38 -8 42
15 38 -17 40
16 38 -9 39
17 38 -14 38
18 38 -20 32
19 38 -21 30
20 38 -57 22