Milan vs. Pescara  4 - 1

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Allegri unsatisfied despite four straight wins

17 December 2012 01:43

AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri has argued his side still need to improve despite winning their fourth straight game in Serie A.

Allegri's team sit seventh on Serie A's ladder after they smashed Pescara 4-1 on Sunday, just six points behind third-placed Napoli.

But despite having lost just one of their past nine games in Italy's top tier of football, Allegri still found problems with Milan's performance against Pescara, particularly just after half-time when the visitors scored to make the score 2-1.

"I think we still need to improve a lot," Allegri said after the match.

"We opened the game well today, differently from other previous games.

"We scored a goal straight away and played well for 30 minutes, even if we didn't use well the chances we had and didn't manage to score the second goal.

"In the second half we slowed a bit after the 2-0 and we let the opponent score with silly a free kick.

"This was disappointing for us."

Milan started the season with six defeats from their opening 11 games, which prompted rumours Allegri would be replaced by former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola.

Throughout the tough start, Allegri consistently argued his team would get better after losing so many experienced players before the season and the 45-year-old Italian used Sunday's win to vindicate his predictions.

Milan sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain, while the likes of Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi left the club.

"As I've already told you other times, I think this team needed some time to improve and with time things are beginning to work well, individual players have been continuously improving and the whole group as a team with them," Allegri said.

"We're in good physical shape at the moment.

"The substitutes who enter the pitch during the game are always decisive for the result, as (Kevin-Prince) Boateng today, who passed a great ball to (Giampaolo) Pazzini that allowed (Stephan) El-Sharaawy to score.

"He (Boateng) entered the pitch and was already focused as the ones who were already playing."



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Allegri eyes further improvement

16 December 2012 01:34

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says there is still room for improvement for his side this season.

After a disastrous start to the current campaign, Milan have hit form, winning five of their last eight Serie A fixtures, including three in a row.

Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy is in a rich vein of form, with the 20-year-old having scored 15 goals already this campaign.

Despite their impressive streak, Milan are still some way off the pace, sitting seventh in the league on 24 points.

And ahead of a home fixture against Pescara on Sunday, Allegri has urged further improvement.

"AC Milan has started to achieve positive results in the last month," Allegri said.

"We have finally managed to score goals and have kept a good physical and mental intensity in the last matches. But sometimes we make mistakes in the management of the actions especially when the match seems easy.

"This is what we still have to improve and I believe the team is working on this."

Allegri said his team will not take Pescara – who sit 18th on the table – lightly in the clash at the San Siro.

"Tomorrow we should be even more focused on this since tomorrow's match is going to be difficult because Pescara is doing really good," he said.

"Tomorrow we have to play a careful match and make a good technical performance. We should not underestimate the opponent and respect them as we have respected Reggina last Thursday."

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