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Allegri remains defiant over job speculation

23 October 2012 18:29

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has vowed that Wednesday's Champions League match against Malaga will not be his last.

The 45-year-old has been coming under increasing pressure after his side's poor start to the season, with recent defeats to city rivals Inter and Lazio seeing them drop to 15th on the Serie A table.

But Allegri remains convinced his position at San Siro is still secure.

"Will this be my final match with Milan? I do not think so," he told reporters at a press conference.

"All I know is that we lack the points we deserved. We must acknowledge the league position is bad, but I'm very sure that the team will get out of this situation."

Despite backing himself to turn things around, the former Cagliari coach admitted his team must not dwell on the situation and try to move back towards the top of the table.

"We have to remain calm. Thinking about it too much makes us crazy. We need to think less and act more. It is years since Milan were so low in the table and it's a bad thing," he said.

The San Siro outfit go into their Group C match in Spain in second place, two points behind their opponents, and Allegri admitted some key players will be missing while he still has some decisions to make regarding who will make the starting XI.

"(Christian) Abbiati has still a respiratory infection, (Ignazio) Abate is still not fit and has remained in Milan for special training. (Nigel) de Jong, instead, has a problem with his hip," Allegri said.

"I still have to choose who to put behind the striker. (Kevin-Prince) Boateng is not in great form. For him it's a moment when things don't come easily.

"We should not think at what happened in the past two years, when we had players with certain characteristics."

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Milan

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
24 October 2012
Game week
3
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Estadio La Rosaleda (Málaga)
Attendance
27683

Goals

Joaquín 64'
(assist by M. Iturra) 
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24
17
23
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11
28
45
# Player Bookings
9
22
8
16
59
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