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November 2012

Serie A: Catania 1:3 AC Milan - match report
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Legrottaglie 11 (C); El Shaarawy 53, 90 (M), Boateng 56 (M)

Two from Stephan El Shaarawy and one from Kevin-Prince Boateng gave Milan a come-from-behind 3-1 win against Catania.

Massimiliano Allegri made just one change from the side that beat Juventus last weekend, as they travelled to Sicily looking to gain the three points that would move them into seventh place.

The Rossoneri brought Francesco Acerbi in for Mario Yepes at centre-back, but it was Kevin-Prince Boateng who almost opened the scoring inside six minutes – a long-range effort from the Ghana international forced Mariano Andujar into a smart save.

That early pressure though, counted for little as the Elefanti went ahead on 11 minutes. A corner from Francesco Lodi found Nicola Legrottaglie, who forced a free header home.

The away side maintained their dominance of possession, but just couldn't create any clear goalscoring opportunities.

And they almost paid for that on the stroke of half time, as Lodi's free kick was tipped away by Marco Amelia.

After the break however, the Rolando Maran’s side were left to regret those missed chances as they were reduced to 10-men – Pablo Barrientos was given a second yellow card for a foolish kick on Antonio Nocerino – and then El Shaarawy bagged an equaliser with a strike into the roof of the net.

Just three minutes later, and Milan had completed the turn around. Boateng hit a sensational shot from outside the area, which curled into the bottom right-hand corner.

The Diavolo maintained their pressure and continued to push for a third, but Robinho missed a clear open goal with 10 minutes remaining.

It didn't look to be forthcoming as Boateng was given a straight red card in the last minute, but just before the final whistle, El Shaarawy again popped up with a shot across goal to make it 3-1.

Catania: Andujar; Alvarez, Legrottaglie, Rolin, Marchese; Salifu (Paglialunga 71), Castro, Lodi, Almiron (Bellusci 74), Barrientos; Bergessio (Doukara 77)

AC Milan: Amelia; De Sciglio, Mexes, Acerbi, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo (Emanuelson 66), Nocerino; Boateng; Robinho (Ambrosini 90), El Shaarawy

Barrientos sent off 49 (C)

Robinho to make Flamengo move?
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan forward Robinho could be on his way to Brazilian side Flamengo, according to Press reports in the country.

The 29-year-old Rossoneri striker has been linked with a number of clubs in his home country, including Atletico Mineiro, Gremio and former team Santos.

But Globo Esportes are today claiming that the Urubu could make a move over the winter break to try and improve their striking options.

The one-time Real Madrid man has found himself down the pecking order at San Siro this season and has only played seven Serie A games so far.

A bid of around €10m is likely to force the Diavolo’s hand, but Massimiliano Allegri’s side may sell for less to try and get Robinho off of the wage bill.

Serie A: Catania vs. AC Milan - lineups
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Catania: Andujar; Alvarez, Legrottaglie, Rolin, Marchese; Salifu, Castro, Lodi, Almiron, Barrientos; Bergessio.

AC Milan: Amelia; De Sciglio, Mexes, Acerbi, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo, Nocerino; Boateng; Robinho, El Shaarawy.

Nocerino set for AC Milan future
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The agent of Antonio Nocerino has rejected the idea that his client could leave Milan during the January window.

The 27-year-old was a revelation last season thanks to 10 goals in 35 League games, but he’s only started eight League ties so far this term.

“I don’t think Nocerino will leave,” Marco Sommella told Radio CRC. “He has a long contract and he’s just won his place back in the starting XI.

“He, like the rest of the side, paid the price for the club’s generational change in the summer but he has picked himself up.”

Nocerino, born in Naples, is often linked with a possible move to his hometown club.

“He’s a Napoli fan,” Sommella added. “We’ll leave the door open and he’ll be the happiest man in the world if he one day plays for Napoli. Otherwise, he’ll just continue to be a professional.”

Kaka drops AC Milan hint
30.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Kaka’s agent has hinted at a return to Milan after he was dropped from Real Madrid again. “He wants to stay in Europe.”

The reports in Spain suggest Kaka is heading for the exit in January after he was left out of the squad for the Copa del Rey.

The favourites for his signature had until now been Brazilian side Corinthians or MLS club New York Red Bulls.
“I know that Kaka wants to stay in Europe,” said Bosco Leite.

“It’s possible in future he could change his mind, but not now. Corinthians have never even contacted us.”

There are not many European options open to Kaka, so Milan could well be preparing a swoop for the Brazilian who left San Siro in 2009.

Prandelli: 'El Shaarawy a modern striker'
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli hailed Milan hitman Stephan El Shaarawy as “a modern striker who cannot be compared to those of the past.”

The 20-year-old is the current Capocannoniere in Serie A with 10 goals and has already broken into the Azzurri side.

“He is a modern striker who therefore cannot be compared to those of the past,” Prandelli told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

“Forwards used to play in a different way and did not come back to help out in defence, unlike what happens now.

“El Shaarawy has great qualities, including physical in terms of his pace and stamina. He is also a generous guy and this has allowed him to win over the fans.”

Agent: 'Pato staying at AC Milan'
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

“The meeting with Milan was positive. Alexandre will remain with the Rossoneri,” said Pato’s agent after talks with Adriano Galliani yesterday.

The striker had caused consternation when announcing he wanted more playing time and would call in his representative.

Gilmar Veloz jetted in to Milan and sat down with Vice-President Galliani on Wednesday.

“The meeting with Milan was positive,” Veloz told TMW. “Alexandre will remain with the Rossoneri and everything went well.

“Adding anything else would be superfluous, because there is nothing more to say other than it went very well.”

It’s believed Galliani reiterated Milan’s faith in Pato, urging only a little more patience when returning from such a long series of injuries.

Allegri: 'Catania more important than Juventus'
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that tomorrow's match with Catania will be more important than last weekend's win over Juventus.

The Rossoneri Coach believes that Friday's match in Sicily will be 'fundamental' to their campaign, as they look to kick on after their poor start to the season.

“This game will be much more important than the match against Juventus,” he told a Press conference. “This is a match of fundamental importance to our League position.

“Catania are a point above us, and we want to follow up on our win over Juve.

“We now have four big matches coming up in the League, Champions League and Coppa Italia.”

He also commented on the fitness of some key players ahead of the trip to Stadio Angelo Massamino.

“Christian Abbiati has back problems and will only return when he feels better,” the 45-year-old continued. “Philippe Mexes will play though, alongside Mattia De Sciglio and Kevin Constant – I'm yet to decide who will be the other centre-back.

“Pato is training well and should be fit enough to play.”

Maran confident of avenging derby loss
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Catania boss Rolando Maran believes his side can bounce back from their loss to Palermo last weekend when they face Milan on Friday.

The Elefanti host Massimiliano Allegri's side tomorrow and the 49-year-old is confident his team can avenge last Saturday's derby loss.

“We can emerge from the derby better than ever,” he told a Press conference. “We need to remember what has been done so far in the campaign, and not forget the good things that have happened.

“We have spirit and quality, and that will be essential when we face Milan. We have to take to the field with the right mentality.”

Serie A: Catania vs. AC Milan - squad
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Goalkeepers: Amelia, Gabriel, Narduzzo.

Defenders: Acerbi, De Sciglio, Mexes, Zapata.

Midfielders: Ambrosini, Boateng, Constant, De Jong, Emanuelson, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino, Strasser.

Forwards: Bojan, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini, Robinho.

Thiago Silva: PSG not yet like AC Milan
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Thiago Silva has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain have some work to do if they are to become as big as former club Milan.

The Brazilian international left San Siro for France in the summer after a deal worth around €40m was agreed.

“Milan’s name is more feared than PSG’s at the moment, because they have won the Champions League seven times,” the South American told Champions Matchday magazine.

“We're back in the competition after I don't know how many years, so people don't have that respect for us yet.

“That will come with victories, with hard work and good football, so that's what we're looking to do.

“We're still growing,” he added. “It isn't ideal to change a lot of players at the same time, it takes a while to understand each other.”

PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, has hailed the defender as one of the very best on the planet right now.

“No one has the concentration, the speed, the heading or the sense of anticipation he has,” the Italian noted. “He is on track to become the next Paolo Maldini.”

No Dubai training for AC Milan
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

There will be no winter training retreat in Dubai for Milan this season, reports the Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Rossoneri have headed east in recent campaigns once the championship takes a break after Christmas.

However, the Diavolo will instead opt to train at their Milanello base this time around ahead of the Serie A restart on January 6.

Should the city of Milan be hit by bad weather over the festive period, the Rossoneri will transfer to another Italian location.

AC Milan unlikely to want Biabiany
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The representative of Parma attacker Jonathan Biabiany has cooled transfer links with Italian giants Milan.

“I don’t think that Milan need a player with his characteristics, but if an offer arrived then it would be looked at,” Giovanni Branchini told Parma Today.

“He is a player who is liked by a lot of teams, but there has been no concrete offer. It’s only logical that a club like Parma would evaluate things if a bid was made.”

The 24-year-old Frenchman has yet to score so far this season in 11 Serie A games. He is part-owned by Parma with Sampdoria.

El Shaarawy sees Champions League spot
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Stephan El Shaarawy insists Milan “believe we can qualify for the Champions League” after their victory over leaders Juventus.

The Rossoneri climbed to ninth place with that result, though they are still 10 points adrift of that third qualifying spot.

“We believe we can qualify for the Champions League. There’s a long season ahead of us and plenty of time to catch up,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Against Juve we earned an important victory with a performance of great substance, focus and effort. It was our best game of the season so far.

“It was also important for our growth as a team and we must continue like this in order to climb back up the table.

“This is why the game with Catania is going to be crucial for our position in the standings and a sense of consistency. We must put in a great performance.”

El Shaarawy only just turned 20, but is Serie A Capocannoniere so far with 10 goals to his name.

“I am pleased to receive so many compliments and all I can do is try to keep it up. I even heard comparisons to Samuel Eto’o, who is such a great champion. Like him I try to sacrifice myself for the team and often even work as a full-back to help out."

The Little Pharaoh was also asked what he'd be willing to do if Milan won the Scudetto. "I'd cut my hair off!"

Pato agent has AC Milan meeting
29.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato “is happy at Milan,” insisted his agent after a meeting with Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

The striker had warned he wanted more playing time and would talk to his representative, who arrived in Italy for discussions.

According to the latest reports emerging from the Italian media, today’s meeting between Gilmar Veloz and Galliani went well, setting aside any suggestions of a January transfer.

The most likely option had been a loan spell back in Brazil with Corinthians, while Chelsea and Manchester City are also said to be interested in The Duck.

“Pato is doing well in Europe, he doesn't need to return to Brazil,” Veloz told O Tempo.

“He has 18 months left on his contract; it's unthinkable that an expensive player like him would be loaned out.

When there is something concrete, we can talk. But right now, he is happy at Milan.”

De Sciglio cools Italy talk
28.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan stopper Mattia De Sciglio is playing down suggestions that he should soon become a stable member of the Italian international set-up.

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is keeping an eye on the 20-year-old, but the Rossonero knows where his priorities are.

“I am just thinking about doing well for Milan and the Italian Under-21 side,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “Then, if I get a call-up from the full set-up, then I’ll obviously be very satisfied.”

The full-back has been impressive for the Diavolo this season and was one of the best players on the pitch in the 1-0 win over Juventus.

“I do not get excited very easily so I have no problems in keeping my feet on the ground after the win against Juve,” he added.

“I try to do the simple things first and then more complicated ones.

“I just owe boss Massimiliano Allegri a lot,” the youngster added. “He is giving me the chances to show my worth and prove that I am good enough to play in this team.”

De Sciglio has appeared in nine League games so far this season.

Amelia: 'AC Milan best goalkeepers in Italy'
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Marco Amelia claims he and Christian Abbiati provide Milan with “the best pair of goalkeepers in Italy.”

The second choice shot-stopper was a last-minute replacement against Juventus when Abbiati pulled out during the warm-up with back pain, but contributed to the 1-0 victory.

“It isn’t easy having to go into a game like Milan-Juventus with only a few minutes of warning, but fortunately I have a strong personality and the experience to face delicate situations like this,” Amelia told Milan Channel.

“In my view, today Abbiati and I are the best pair of goalkeepers in Italy. Maybe only Juventus with Gigi Buffon and Marco Storari have two figures of the same level as Milan.

“There is also hope for the future, as Gabriel is an excellent goalkeeper for one so young. Right now he is shut out by me and Abbiati, but I am sure he’ll have a great future ahead of him.

“Juve created a lot of play down the flanks in the second half, so I tried to come off my line as much as possible to help my teammates.

“The psychological state of the squad has changed recently and when we feel like that, we can play better and with more confidence.

“At the start of the season there were so many changes, but us ‘old boys’ who stayed behind worked to instil the Milan spirit in the new players.

“I’m glad to say the game with Juventus was the first time this season we’ve really felt San Siro fired up for us. We players need to feel the support of the fans at this moment to get back to the level of recent years.”

Wenger: AC Milan will return to the top
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident that Milan can return to the top of Serie A, despite their poor start to the season.

The Rossoneri have won just five of their first 14 games and currently sit in ninth position in Serie A, but the French Coach is clear that the San Siro side will get back to the top.

“Milan are a team that, despite obvious difficulties, will not panic,” he told Eurosport. “They are a great team and know what it takes to return to a high level.”

He also commented on defender Phillipe Mexes and his fabulous goal against Anderlecht in the Champions League.

“I saw the Mexes goal and it was frankly fabulous. It's great to score a goal like that, but especially for a defender.

“Phillipe has had his psychological problems, but on a technical level, his quality is undeniable.”

Defence worries AC Milan boss Allegri
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri may have a defensive headache ahead of the away game at Catania.

The tactician will definitely be without centre-back Mario Yepes as his booking against Juventus means he will be suspended.

There are also concerns about the fitness of Philippe Mexes as he picked up a knock to his left knee in the 1-0 win.

Allegri is without centre-back Daniele Bonera because of injury.

As a result, the Rossoneri may be forced to field a centre-back pairing of Francesco Acerbi and Cristian Zapata in Sicily.

Acerbi has played in just four Serie A games this term, while the Colombian has appeared in just one more.

AC Milan – sell first, buy later
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan official Adriano Galliani has stated that his club won’t be able to buy new players until they reduce their squad.

“We have 30, 32 players right now,” the Vice-President told RMC. “We will firstly sell and then, when the squad has been reduced, we will buy.

“We have some players who want to go, just a very few, and others who we wanted to sell but who didn’t accept new destinations because they are happy at Milan.”

The Rossoneri have had a problematic start to the season after a host of high profile sales, but the director is optimistic that the road ahead is now clearer.

“We suffered until Wednesday night,” he added. “Then the wind changed. In four days we qualified for the Champions League last 16 and then beat Serie A leaders Juventus.”

Galliani also commented on the summer sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain and Antonio Cassano to Inter.

“I suffered a lot with Ibra,” he added. “The economical situation in this country is what it is. Ibra was a luxury which we had to give up on.

“With Ibra, maybe Stephan El Shaarawy wouldn’t have been able to do what he has. I don’t have proof of that, but that is what I think.

“Cassano? He continually asked us, via text message, to sell him. He wanted to leave and he’s hammered me and Massimiliano Allegri.”

Seedorf: Juventus team to beat
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan legend Clarence Seedorf thinks Juventus could dominate Italian football for at least the next five years.

The Turin giants won the Scudetto last season and he expects them to continually battle for the championship.

“Juventus will be the team to beat for the next five or six years,” the Botafogo midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

“The important thing for them was the construction of the new stadium. That instantly put them to the front in Italy.”

Despite a strong start to the season, Juventus have collected just four points from their last four games and the top four in Serie A are now covered by just four points.

“Inter have surprised me,” added the veteran Dutchman. “They changed a lot, but they’ve made some right decisions and had a bit of luck too.”

Mexes silences France boss Deschamps
27.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan stopper Philippe Mexes has hit out at France boss Didier Deschamps. “He knows nothing about me!”

Deschamps has omitted the former Roma player in recent times and Mexes is unhappy with the Coach’s public comments about him.

“He needs to stop talking about me,” the centre-back told L’Equipe. “He needs to stop saying that he won’t select me until I’m in good shape.

“He knows nothing about me, I’ve not spoken to him and he allows himself to say things which have nothing to do with the national side.”

Deschamps stated earlier this month that he left Mexes out of the squad for the Italy friendly because he was not guaranteed a starting shirt at San Siro.

It has been another tough campaign for the stopper and there have been suggestions that he could be close to a Milan exit.

“That is simply not true,” the Bosman signing added. “I want to stay here and fight in order to leave my mark at this club.”

Antonini: Berlusconi inspired us
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan defender Luca Antonini has claimed that the inspirational words of Silvio Berlusconi last week gave the motivation required to beat Juventus.

The Rossoneri claimed a 1-0 win over Antonio Conte's side on Sunday, and the 30-year-old is certain that the speech made by the President at the training ground was a factor in them getting three points.

“Berlusconi's words were important for our performance,” he told reporters at Milan Store today. “He came to Milanello and gave us the stimulation needed.”

He also commented on the team's performance against the Bianconeri and his recovery from injury that has kept him out since the beginning of November.

“It was certainly not easy to get a result against Juventus,” he said. “They had come from a good win versus Chelsea, but my teammates did a fantastic job.

“I love playing for this club and hope to return soon.”

Exit of duo favoured El Shaarawy
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Stephan El Shaarawy has admitted that he may have struggled to get a game at Milan this season had Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano remained.

El Shaarawy has been a revelation this term as he is the League’s top scorer after 10 goals so far.

But he was only given a chance after Ibrahimovic was sold to Paris Saint-Germain and Cassano walked out to join city rivals Inter.

“I have to admit that I have been given the opportunity to play after Cassano left and Ibra was sold,” the new Italian international noted.

“The Coach was able to give me a bit more space in the team because those two players were used in my role.

“It was difficult to play when they were in the squad.”

Berlusconi backs AC Milan boss Allegri
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi insists that Massimiliano Allegri will remain as boss despite his admiration for Pep Guardiola.

The President suggested at the weekend that his club would try to tempt the Spaniard at the end of the season, but he has today shown faith in his current tactician.

“Guardiola gave life to a Barcelona team that played the best football of recent years,” the former Italian Prime Minister told Canale 5 on Monday.

“I think that everyone would like Guardiola, but we have an excellent relationship with Allegri and that will continue.

“There has always been a good rapport with Allegri on a personal level. There have been rumours and stories which don’t correspond with the truth.

“There have been three sides in history who have played the best football. The Ajax of Cruyff, the Milan of the three Dutchmen and his Barcelona. But we will continue with our Coach.”

Milan have had their struggles so far this season, but they are moving up the table after a 1-0 win over Juventus on Sunday.

“It seems as if we have cancelled out our start to the season. That beginning was predictable because after 26 years, our best players, because of their age, left.

“Now Milan have to focus on youngsters and we need to give them time to affirm themselves. We have to work like that and I think we already have an attack that will ignite with Alexandre Pato, when he returns, Stephan El Shaarawy and Bojan Krkic.”

Berlusconi also insisted that the club were right to keep Paris Saint-Germain target Alexandre Pato last January, who could have been replaced by Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.

“I have no regrets that I didn’t sell him. I personally have never liked Tevez and, anyway, we want to start a new cycle with youngsters.”

On reports suggesting that Wesley Sneijder, frozen out of the Inter squad, could move to the Rossoneri, Berlusconi said: “There is no Milan option.”

Montolivo honoured to captain AC Milan
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Riccardo Montolivo says he was proud to be handed the captain’s armband for Milan’s 1-0 win over Juventus.

Despite being at the club for just a matter of months, the midfielder was given the role for the evening after Christian Abbiati was ruled out of the match.

“It was an honour to be made captain of a side as prestigious of Milan,” the Italian international commented.

Montolivo was one of his side’s best players as they defeated the Italian champions – even though the decisive penalty should not have been given.

“I thought we played well, especially in the first half,” he added. “It was a great Milan.

“The penalty? It looks like Isla didn’t touch it with his arm, but it is an error that can happen and trick the referee.

“Despite that incident, it was an excellent display.”

Galliani: It could have ended 0-0
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani insists the Diavolo are on their way back – although the game against Juventus could have ended 0-0.

The Rossoneri beat the Italian champions 1-0 at San Siro on Sunday thanks to a penalty which Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri admitted was the wrong decision.

“Pep Guardiola would have said it was a penalty,” Galliani joked. “We have to understand where the arm starts.

“Without that penalty, the game would have perhaps ended 0-0 instead.”

Milan have had a problematic start to the season, but the official is optimistic that they are back on the right path.

“I’m happy,” he added. “We are starting to do well again. We already played well at Napoli and against Anderlecht.

“They seemed like our three hardest games, but this is football and we are more than satisfied with them.”

Galliani also praised two Milan players in particular for their performances. “Riccardo Montolivo demonstrated that he is a true champion. Mattia De Sciglio was also out of this world this evening.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Juventus - highlights
26.11 || webmaster

Buffon: 'Juventus deserved to lose'
26.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Gigi Buffon looked at the overall performance and felt Juventus “deserved to lose this time” at San Siro.

The 1-0 defeat to Milan was secured with a controversial Robinho penalty, which the goalkeeper got a hand to.

“I saved it so well that it went in,” shrugged the Bianconeri captain. “In my view it wasn’t a penalty, but incidents like that can happen.

“The fact remains that we had time to get the game back on track and didn’t do it. We had an hour to muster some kind of response.”

It was Juve’s first Serie A away defeat in 18 months, since the 1-0 in Parma on May 15 2011.

“So much has happened in the last year and a half. If we want to find an excuse for this defeat, then we can, but the truth is that we deserved to lose this time.

“Being self-critical is the best way to educate people. You can never know what the real reasons are behind a defeat, but something was missing tonight in many aspects and it was visible.

“In the locker room we will now have to evaluate and analyse what went wrong.”

Allegri: 'It wasn't a penalty'
25.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri praised Milan’s defensive performance against Juventus, admitted the penalty “should not have been given” and commented on Pep Guardiola.

Tonight’s 1-0 victory was Juve’s first away defeat in 18 months and decided by a Robinho spot-kick for Mauricio Isla’s handling offence, though replays show the ball hit him in the ribs.

“From the touchline it really did seem like a spot-kick, but watching the replays it should not have been given,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“This game was a real battle by the players. We only allowed Juventus one shot on target, while there were four or five great scoring opportunities for us.

“I think the team did its absolute best against a Juve side that is doing great things. It’s wonderful that we managed to avoid basically giving Juventus any chances at all.

“We defended in a very organised manner and the lads deserve so much credit for this. We worked well as a unit, which is a positive sign.

“Stephan El Shaarawy didn’t score, but he has great qualities and really takes it up a notch when playing wide.”

It was a tough few days for Allegri, as Milan President Silvio Berlusconi confirmed he is trying to sign Guardiola for next season.

“I feel flattered that the club is looking for Guardiola as my replacement, seeing as he is one of the best Coaches in the world...”

De Sciglio: 'AC Milan wanted this win'
25.11 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Mattia De Sciglio warned Milan to “keep our feet on the ground” after beating Serie A leaders Juventus.

The full-back who turned 20 last month was a candidate for Man of the Match in tonight’s 1-0 victory at San Siro.

“It was our objective to get back at Juventus after last season. We were thinking about it even before going to Anderlecht,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We played well and worked together to earn the result. Juve’s strength is in their pressing, so we had to be sharp in possession. It was a perfect performance at the back.

“We must keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next game with Catania. We’re very happy right now, but mustn’t lose our concentration.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Juventus - Robinho goal
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Van Basten: 'AC Milan approached me'
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Marco Van Basten is in the stands for Milan-Juventus and confirms he “was approached two years ago” to take the Rossoneri bench.

The Dutch legend is one of the greatest players ever to wear the Rossoneri jersey and has periodically been linked with the job.

“I never turned down the Milan bench. I spoke two years ago with director Ariedo Braida, but it was only part of exploratory talks and nothing serious,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I had to have ankle surgery and then nothing more came of it. Besides, I do not feel ready to be the Milan Coach.

“I am in charge of Heerenveen and want more time to improve myself. We’ll see in the future. The work of a Coach is different to that of a player, as he has to make players understand how to work together and it takes time to become a good manager.”

Van Basten was asked what he thought of the summer sales that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva exit San Siro.

“It’s normal to have difficulties when players like that leave, so their position in mid-table is only to be expected.”

Today is the 25th anniversary of the game where Van Basten scored four goals against Goteborg.

“It was a wonderful night for me. I had also netted one earlier, but that was disallowed and I ended up getting another four. I have to thank all the players who allowed me to score these goals.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:0 Juventus - match report
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Scorer: Robinho pen 31 (M)

AC Milan doomed Juventus to their second defeat of the season, but earned it with an extremely controversial Robinho penalty. The Bianconeri dominated possession at San Siro, though struggled to create clear-cut chances.

This was a Scudetto showdown nine months ago, ending 1-1 with Sulley Muntari’s ‘phantom goal’ not seen by officials. Going into this game, the Rossoneri were in 13th place and 17 points adrift of leaders Juventus.

They were also without Massimo Ambrosini, Daniele Bonera, Alexandre Pato, Luca Antonini, Muntari and Djamel Mesbah, so Robinho returned to the trident. Giorgio Chiellini didn’t make the trip due to a calf strain and was replaced by Martin Caceres, but Leonardo Bonucci recovered from a stomach bug and Andrea Pirlo’s ban expired. Mauricio Isla was preferred to Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Christian Abbiati pulled out in the warm-up with back pain, so Marco Amelia was a last-minute replacement and the captain’s armband given to Riccardo Montolivo. President Silvio Berlusconi and former Milan legend Marco Van Basten were in the stands.

Mattia De Sciglio’s angled drive whistled just wide, then Gigi Buffon used his feet to parry Kevin-Prince Boateng’s strike at the near post from a Robinho assist.

A deflected Fabio Quagliarella effort was easily held by Amelia and the crowd were irritated when Robinho went down under a Pirlo challenge and the referee waved play on. El Shaarawy’s finish on the counter was weak and into Buffon’s arms.

The referee pointed to the spot on the half-hour when Isla stuck out an arm when blocking Antonio Nocerino’s header, though replays suggest the ball actually hit him on the ribs. Robinho stepped up and Buffon did get his hand to it, but the power took it through anyway at the near bottom corner for the Brazilian’s first goal of the season.

Another Boateng counter was wasted when his shot was deflected meekly into Buffon’s grasp, but Juve struggled to muster much of a reaction. Bonucci was booked for tripping El Shaarawy on a rapid counter just before the break, but Montolivo’s free kick went through the wall and into Buffon’s hands.

Simone Padoin was the surprising replacement for a disappointing Isla, leaving Lichtsteiner on the bench. Sebastian Giovinco then came on for Quagliarella after a Pirlo free kick was deflected out off the wall, but the Neapolitan was evidently not happy and muttered something to Angelo Alessio while covering his mouth with his jacket.

On 61 minutes Amelia punched away a cross and Pirlo put it back in for Mirko Vucinic’s deflected shot. Giovinco went for an audacious overhead kick from 12 yards on Padoin’s cross, but shinned it off target.

Juve were pouring forward now with Milan concentrating on the counter, where Montolivo had a shot charged down in the box and Nocerino blasted over the bar.

Philippe Mexes went off with a recurrence of his ankle injury and Paul Pogba was Juve’s final substitution. El Shaarawy’s roll across for Giampaolo Pazzini was put out for a corner by Bonucci.

The home fans unveiled a banner for Pato that read: ‘Anyone with Milan in their heart does not call their agent.’ It was a reference to his comment that he wanted to play more regularly and would talk with his representatives.

Mario Yepes got his head to a corner, but Buffon had it under control. Moments later Giovinco pounced on a defensive error and pulled back for Vucinic, whose shot was cleared off the line by Kevin Constant from seven yards.

Vucinic tried with an angled drive from distance that bounced in front of Amelia and the goalkeeper palmed it round the post. A clearance to the edge of the box saw Marchisio’s effort deflected out for a corner, as Juventus continued to push without creating many clear-cut chances.

Giovinco was offside on 89 minutes, much to Amelia’s relief as the goalkeeper then chopped him down.

Milan: Amelia; De Sciglio, Mexes (Zapata 72), Yepes, Constant; Montolivo, De Jong, Nocerino; Robinho (Pazzini 65), Boateng (Flamini 84), El Shaarawy

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres; Isla (Padoin 46), Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah (Pogba 72); Vucinic, Quagliarella (Giovinco 57)

Ref: Rizzoli

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Juventus - lineups
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AC Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Constant; Montolivo, De Jong, Nocerino; Robinho, Boateng, El Shaarawy.

AC Milan bench: Amelia, Gabriel, Acerbi, Zapata, Emanuelson, Flamini, Strasser, Bojan, Pazzini, Niang.

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres; Isla, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Vucinic, Quagliarella.

Juventus bench: Storari, Rubinho, Lucio, De Ceglie, Marrone, Giaccherini, Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pepe, Giovinco, Matri, Bendtner.

Tassotti: 'AC Milan must be perfect'
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Assistant manager Mauro Tassotti warns Milan “need a perfect performance” to get the better of Juventus tonight.

“We need a perfect performance. This is a difficult game, as Juventus are tough to beat and it isn’t easy to get a result against them,” Tassotti told Milan Channel.

“They are particularly strong in terms of tempo and possession. Tonight we cannot afford to throw the ball away.

“We have prepared as best as possible and will try to battle our way to a result. Qualifying for the next phase of the Champions League a round early has boosted our self-esteem, so now we can focus on tonight’s game.”

Marco Van Basten is in the stands for this big game after he was invited by President Silvio Berlusconi.

“It’ll be a little strange seeing Van Basten here and I’m sure it’ll be a very special moment for the San Siro fans.”

Moggi: 'Referee chosen to damage Juventus'
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Luciano Moggi has stirred up controversy by suggesting referee Nicola Rizzoli was assigned to tonight’s game with Milan in order to ‘damage’ Juventus.

“The designator, unsure of how else to complicate his life and that of others, chooses referee Rizzoli for Milan-Juve without taking into consideration what happened in the past,” wrote former Juve director general Moggi in Libero newspaper.

“Rizzoli, used as a goal-line judge, caused all sorts of trouble and always in favour of Juve. Don’t forget the Italian Super Cup with Napoli, Catania-Juventus and Juve-Inter – all very recent games.

“The first to be embarrassed by this situation will be Rizzoli, as stepping on to the field with the ‘aura of Juventus influence’ can prompt him to make opposite decisions compared to beforehand out of a sense of uncertainty.

“Some are even suggesting Rizzoli was sent on purpose to damage Juve. I don’t want to believe such a thing, but we do have to ask ourselves how this sport works to understand why every week there is some controversy to calm down...”

This will be Rizzoli’s fourth time officiating a match between Milan and Juventus. So far his record is two Bianconeri victories and one for the Rossoneri, although all were played in Turin.

Moggi was the Juventus director general, but resigned in 2006 when the Calciopoli scandal broke, as he was found to have called the refereeing designator to influence the choice of officials assigned to their games.

AC Milan look to Biabiany
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There are reports Milan are planning a January swoop for speedy Parma wide man Jonathan Biabiany.

The 24-year-old Frenchman is known for his pace and tactical versatility, as he is able to play wide midfield, as a support striker or as part of a trident.

According to the latest rumours in the Italian media, Adriano Galliani has already called up Parma directors to enquire after Biabiany.

However, the Ducali do not seem intent on releasing him in January, especially as the player is co-owned between Parma and Sampdoria.

Bojan: 'Beating Juventus a huge boost'
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Bojan Krkic believes Milan can get the better of Juventus this evening. “Our self-confidence has improved, so beating the Bianconeri would be a huge boost.”

The Spaniard is one of the candidates to start in attack tonight, challenging with Robinho, Giampaolo Pazzini, Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin-Prince Boateng.

“We fought back to draw with Napoli and qualified for the next phase of the Champions League, so our self-confidence has improved,” Bojan told the Corriere dello Sport.

“This is a great opportunity for us. It’s true that every game is a chance to climb the table, but beating the Bianconeri would be a huge boost. Juve are strong as a team unit and as individuals, but we have champions too.

“We are in front of our fans and above all we are Milan. We’ve got to work hard, but know that we can win this. We have to focus on maintaining possession. It all depends on us.”

The Rossoneri have been stuttering this season and remain in 12th place, a good 17 points behind Juve. Click here for a match preview.

“It isn’t easy to go through a situation like this,” continued Bojan. “When you lack certainty, every single setback knocks down your confidence. We need belief and you can tell immediately when a team believes in what it’s doing.

“I am fairly satisfied with my season so far. I could score more goals, but I have always thought a striker should be judged on more than just how many goals he gets. For example, I am asked to move off the ball and help the other strikers to run into space.

“I am not really a centre-forward fox in the box who can challenge physically with Leonardo Bonucci.”

Berlusconi on Pato, Guardiola and Van Basten
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AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi touched on many subjects during his visit, including Pep Guardiola, Marco Van Basten and Alexandre Pato.

The patron flew in with his private helicopter to the training ground in order to motivate the squad ahead of Sunday’s game with Juventus.

He commented on Pato’s demands to play more regularly or seek a transfer elsewhere in January.

“It is right to limit his appearances until he achieves full fitness, but we guarantee he has the utmost respect, appreciation, affection and warmth at Milan,” replied Berlusconi on Milan Channel.

“Pato is and was our greatest jewel at age 22 with the possibility of a decade in front of him as Milan’s club symbol.

“His football and skills are not under question, but there were a series of many – too many – injuries. Now he has emerged from this negative streak, but still needs to recover full fitness and faith in himself. He shouldn’t be exposed to intense participation in the games when he is still in this condition. If he picked up another injury, his confidence would hit rock bottom.

“Pato is a problem because all these incidents have left people with baited breath whenever he takes to the field. I imagine he too is wondering whether his body will hold up. Pato is absolutely not on the market. He is coming off a series of bad injuries and has not proved he is fully recovered yet.”

Berlusconi was asked whether there will be new signings in January, especially as Milan have qualified for the Champions League knockouts.

“We will try to keep our books in order, as with this economic crisis in Europe we really cannot afford outlandish expenditures. The idea is to reconstruct a young team within a time-period of no less than three years that can lead to a new era of success. Don’t forget the team of champions was built with one big signing per year.”

President Berlusconi confirmed the long-standing rumours that Milan are trying to sign ex-Barcelona manager Guardiola for next season as a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri.

“We spoke about Guardiola to Allegri too. Faced with a possibility like this, everyone puts the effort in. We know there are some English clubs who are determined to make him theirs, but we are in the running. We have a clear idea of the situation, as it’ll be difficult to get him.”

Earlier today, Berlusconi had told journalists that Manchester City were “in pole position” for Guardiola.

Another of the options for the Rossoneri bench is Van Basten, who will be in the stands for tomorrow night’s Milan-Juventus match.

“Tomorrow I will gladly hug Marco again. We have always kept in touch and I always send him birthday greetings. We have often met up and over the years we had also thought about him as our Coach.

“As for Juve, in football we must forget about problems in the past, focusing only on the present and the future. In order to have a great Milan in Italy, Europe and the World, we must begin again from youth. For example, Stephan El Shaarawy is a breath of fresh air.”

Chiellini out of AC Milan - Juventus
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Giorgio Chiellini is out of Sunday night’s Milan-Juventus clash, but Leonardo Bonucci has recovered from a stomach bug.

Chiellini was a major doubt after limping off during the final minutes of their 3-0 Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday.

The Italian international defender suffered a minor calf strain, but it is enough to rule him out of the trip to San Siro.

Bonucci was also at risk after coming down with illness, but the official Juventus website confirmed he has recovered.

Juventus squad for Milan: Buffon, Lucio, Caceres, Pogba, Pepe, Marchisio, Vucinic, De Ceglie, Giovinco, Barzagli, Bendtner, Bonucci, Padoin, Pirlo, Asamoah, Vidal, Giaccherini, Lichtsteiner, Quagliarella, Storari, Matri, Isla, Rubinho, Marrone.

Allegri: 'New AC Milan against Juventus'
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Massimiliano Allegri admits he’ll change for Sunday night’s Milan-Juventus, talk of Alexandre Pato’s exit “is premature” and competition from Pep Guardiola is “not my problem.”

The Rossoneri were visited for the second Friday in a row by President Silvio Berlusconi, who landed at the training ground in his personal helicopter to motivate the squad. However, Berlusconi also stated Milan are battling Manchester City to sign Guardiola next season.

“President Berlusconi is very charismatic and uses the right words for every individual. A positive result would help to cancel out some of the negative things,” said Allegri in his Press conference.

“Guardiola? That’s not my problem. I have to focus on tomorrow’s game. I do not want to, nor can I, decide who will be the Milan Coach next year. It’s not up to me.”

Among those negatives is the Pato ‘problem’ after the striker said he’ll talk to his agent about a move so he can play more regularly.

“The lad was just blowing off steam in the heat of the moment. He needs to have the patience to understand that it takes time to get back to the player he was. He cannot resolve everything straight away.

“It is premature to talk about Pato’s exit from Milan. We have to concentrate on Serie A, seeing as we have qualified for the Champions League knockouts.”

It’s not just any Serie A game on Sunday evening, as leaders Juventus visit San Siro for a tense showdown.

“It is possible there will be a few changes compared the most recent games. This match is going to feel like it lasts 100 minutes, so some figures are tired. I am thinking about some changes in midfield and will evaluate what is the right move tomorrow morning. I hope it goes well.

“Tomorrow we need a perfect performance in every area, even if of course perfection does not exist in football...

“Will we man-mark Andrea Pirlo? No, we didn’t do that last season and won’t tomorrow either. Of course, we will keep a special eye on him.”

The tension is still dragging on from last term when Sulley Muntari’s ‘phantom goal’ crossed the line in their 1-1 draw, unseen by the officials.

“There has been enough talk about this all over the world. It would be pointless discussing it again now. At least I can tell the story to my grandchildren,” smiled Allegri.

“I don’t think Antonio Conte’s ban has damaged Juve, as they have 32 points and put in a great performance against Chelsea. It’s more of a trauma for him not being on the bench than it is the team.”

Philippe Mexes and Kevin Constant have recovered from knocks picked up against Anderlecht, but Pato is out along with Luca Antonini, Massimo Ambrosini, Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera, Sulley Muntari, Djamel Mesbah and Didac Vila.

“It is possible Robinho will start among the front three, yes. It’s a shame we are not higher up the table going into this game, but we have time to recover. A great performance would bring enthusiasm back to the fans and help self-confidence grow in the team.

“What has changed from the last Milan-Juventus? Well, 13 players have gone, but there’s no point talking about them now. I must work with the ones we have.”

AC Milan squad for Juventus: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Acerbi, De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Zapata, Boateng, Constant, De Jong, Emanuelson, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino, Strasser, Bojan, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini, Robinho.

Berlusconi: 'AC Milan vs. Man City for Guardiola'
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AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi visited the team ahead of the Juventus match and confirmed “we will try to sign Pep Guardiola, but Manchester City are in pole position.”

The patron and former Italian Prime Minister landed in his helicopter at the Milanello training ground for the second Friday in a row, believing his motivational speaking had spurred the team on to their results against Napoli and Anderlecht.

Tomorrow evening the Rossoneri welcome Juventus and Berlusconi hopes to again get the best out of his squad.

However, he hit the headlines with a statement that will raise eyebrows in Italy, England and Spain.

“There are several English clubs who want Guardiola, in particular Manchester City, as they are in pole position because some of their directors know him well.

“We will try to sign him, but it’s going to be tough.”

Berlusconi’s comment suggests that not only are Milan already looking to the post-Massimiliano Allegri era, but also that City are planning to replace Roberto Mancini after their Champions League exit.

Chelsea have also been heavily linked with a move for Guardiola, having appointed Rafa Benitez as interim manager to replace Roberto Di Matteo this week.

Berlusconi was also asked about reports of an exchange between Mario Balotelli and Alexandre Pato.

“I don’t like exchanges.”

El Shaarawy: 'Beating Juventus? Priceless'
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There’s no stopping Stephan El Shaarawy at the moment and “beating Juventus would be priceless,” said the Little Pharaoh who still lives with his parents.

The 20-year-old is Capocannoniere and has scored 16 goals in all competition this season, winning a bet he made with teammate Massimo Ambrosini.

“I haven’t decided where I’ll take my vacation that Ambrosini will pay for, but it’ll certainly be somewhere warm by the sea,” he told the Corriere della Sera.

“I have to thank Coach Massimiliano Allegri, who had a fundamental part in my growth and was impeccable in my first season, knowing exactly when it was best to use me.

“What would I have done if Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano had remained? I cannot know, but the fact is with their departure two places opened up at Milan. I haven’t heard from Ibra since he left.”

He may only be a young man, but the Little Pharaoh is not feeling the pressure ahead of tomorrow’s Milan-Juventus match.

“Tomorrow is a super-important game for the table, but also for our growth as a team. A victory would be priceless, but we need to give 150 per cent to achieve that. To win and score under the Curva Sud would be fantastic. The Juve player I admire the most is Gigi Buffon, who is great both on and off the field.

“Responsibility motivates me and I do not feel pressure. My teammates, the club and fans all have faith in me. It’s all happening so quickly and everything a 20-year-old dreams of. It’s very gratifying especially for my parents, who made so many sacrifices to help me.

“My mother lives with me in Milan, while my father travels to and from Savona. My parents take care of my money too. I don't go out clubbing and I don't have a girlfriend, as I just want to focus on football right now.

“I am tied to my father’s land and am happy to visit relatives in Egypt, but I feel Italian and was never remotely tempted when Egypt asked me to play for them. My dream is to take part in the 2014 World Cup and hopefully win it.”

Montolivo: 'AC Milan hit rock bottom'
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Riccardo Montolivo feels Milan will learn after they “hit rock bottom” and become stronger for it against Juventus tomorrow evening.

“Let’s just say when we hit rock bottom, it did us good,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We were able to overcome the difficulties together and in situations like this a group of players emerges stronger at the end.

“Was the side suffering after so many leadership figures left? Of course you’re going to miss characters like that, but the gap must be filled. Have I filled it? It’s too early to say. I am at the disposal of the Coach and the team. I think a leader should set the example more than order people about.”

President Silvio Berlusconi visited the training ground last week and noted Montolivo reminded him of Andrea Pirlo.

“I am not worried by the head-to-head with Pirlo, because we are different players. He is more of a director of operations, while I also try to win back possession. Andrea is untouchable for all he did at Milan, so I won’t even worry about comparisons with him.”

The Rossoneri have a new superstar in their midst, as Stephan El Shaarawy is Capocannoniere despite turning 20 this month.

“Nobody expected such a strong season, not even him, but I have always liked El Shaarawy. He has pace and a real ability to split defences. He also shoots with power and precision.”

On the other hand, Alexandre Pato declared this week he wants to leave Milan in order to play more regularly.

“It is an unusual situation,” mused Montolivo. “You need patience with him, but it’s worth the wait. He is an amazing player and I have never trained with one so talented. It’d be a shame if he left.”

Ancelotti: 'PSG don't need Pato'
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Carlo Ancelotti had a €35m deal for Alexandre Pato last season, but hints the unhappy Milan striker is no longer required by PSG and opens the door to Daniele De Rossi.

Pato stunned fans when he announced after the 3-1 Champions League win over Anderlecht that he wanted more playing time and would “talk to my agent” about his options.

The initial reports have linked the 23-year-old with Manchester City in an audacious exchange with Mario Balotelli, while Corinthians are the Brazilian side most eager to take him on loan in January.

Pato had already agreed a €35m move to PSG in January, but pulled out at the last minute – a decision Milan now appear to regret after President Silvio Berlusconi referred to him as “a problem.”

Paris Saint-Germain Coach Ancelotti has now shot down suggestions they will renew their offer for The Duck.

“It’s true he has the profile of the support striker PSG are looking for and he is a fantastic player, but we cannot but everyone in the world,” Ancelotti told SportMediaset.

“We have so many forwards already, like Jeremy Menez, Pocho Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”

Ancelotti also commented on unsettled Roma midfielder De Rossi, who is a confirmed target for the Parisians.

“De Rossi is a great player, plus he would be eligible for the Champions League,” said the Coach.

Boateng: Season has been difficult
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AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has admitted that this season has been 'a difficult one' for the club.

The former Ghana international has conceded that the campaign so far has been one of challenges, but believes that they can battle through the bad results that have seen them sit in 12th place in Serie A.

“It has been a difficult season,” he told Milan Channel. “But we all want to respond with positive results.

“I feel at home here in Milan, and have a really good relationship with the Coaches and my teammates.”

He also commented on the words of wisdom Silvio Berlussconi gave the squad at Milan's training ground last week.

“He is a great person with a strong personality. We all spoke with him last week, and gave us a lot of confidence.”

Van Basten 'not ready' to coach AC Milan
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Legendary Milan striker Marco Van Basten has admitted that he is not ready to coach the Rossoneri, but has not ruled it out in the future.

The 48-year-old is currently boss of Heerenveen in the Netherlands, and has conceded that he does not require the necessary experience to manage at San Siro.

“I am not ready yet to coach Milan,” he told Sport Mediaset. “I still need a little more experience before I train in Italy.

“For now I'd prefer to stay in the Netherlands. When I get that experience, maybe then I can change country.”

Current Diavolo boss Massimiliano Allegri has come under constant criticism over the past few months, following the club's disastrous start to the season, with his job being linked with a plethora of other tacticians.

Barzagli: AC Milan not just El Shaarawy
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Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli believes that it will be foolish to focus purely on Stephan El Shaarawy when the Bianconeri face Milan on Sunday.

Antonio Conte's men travel to Lombardy to face the Rossoneri at the weekend, but the 31-year-old is of the opinion that the threat they pose will not be just down to the former Genoa man.

“I've seen a few of Milan's recent games,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “And I don't think their attacking threat depends solely on El Shaarawy.

“He's going through a good moment of form, but we can't just focus on him.

“We have studied Milan and know what they can do. They may be struggling, but they have all the means to get back up to where they were before.”

Berlusconi: 'Pato a problem'
23.11 || webmaster

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AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has labelled Alexandre Pato as a ‘problem’ on the eve of the game against Juventus.

Pato’s future is in doubt after a host of injuries mean that he is no longer guaranteed a starting shirt at San Siro.

“Pato is a problem,” the President noted. “We really hope that he can fully recover from all these injuries.

“It is a problem because he was the one Milan player with the brightest future ahead of him.”

Pato has been ruled out of Sunday’s big game, but Berlusconi will be present at training again – a week after giving the side a boost on the eve of their 2-2 at Napoli.

“I will be at Milanello tomorrow because Milan need me. Have you seen how the side recharged itself when I am here?

“There is a need for my presence and I will visit the squad at Milanello before the game against Juventus.”

The media mogul also insisted that the club were right to sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain, a switch which has given Stephan El Shaarawy the chance to shine.

“I certainly have regrets that Ibrahimovic is not on the pitch, yet we have saved €160m over three years by selling him.

“But now we have El Shaarawy. Counting on youngsters is the right road ahead.”

Abbiati heading for AC Milan exit?
23.11 || webmaster

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AC Milan are reportedly considering showing Christian Abbiati the door at the end of the season once his contract expires.

The goalkeeper will turn 36 next July and the Rossoneri are seriously pondering the option of bringing in a younger replacement.

Abbiati has won almost everything possible while at Milan, a club he joined from Monza back in the summer of 1998.

The custodian, who has also enjoyed loan spells at Torino, Juventus and Atletico Madrid, could make a return to La Liga. Levante have been paired.

Milan are understood to be closely monitoring the performances of Atalanta’s Andrea Consigli and Genoa-owned Mattia Perin, who is currently on loan at Pescara.

El Shaarawy owes it to Allegri
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Stephan El Shaarawy has thanked Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri for believing in his qualities after a goal-packed start to the season.

The 20-year-old has already netted 16 this term in games for Milan, the Italian Under-21 side and the full Azzurri set-up.

“I didn’t start the season well,” the former Genoa man told La Repubblica. “However, Allegri still showed great faith in me and that was very important.

“Allegri asks me to perform well, he doesn’t ask me for goals. Helping the side defend is a sacrifice that is eventually repaid and it’s no coincidence that the goals have arrived.

“It’s very satisfying to have scored 16 goals by November and I just want to do well for Milan. This is a fantastic period for me, but I have to continue on this road.”

El Shaarawy has won rave reviews this season and the approval of President Silvio Berlusconi, even if the owner has asked the boy to cut his hair.

“He told me that I can keep my haircut if I keep scoring,” the forward added. “Anyhow, all I’m thinking about now is the game against Juventus.”

Tello on AC Milan radar
23.11 || webmaster

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Barcelona’s young winger Cristian Tello could be of interest to Milan once the January transfer window opens.

The 21-year-old saw his name linked with various clubs in the summer until new boss Tito Vilanova blocked his exit.

Tello is contracted to the Spanish giants until June and whispers are speculating that he is close to signing an extension.

However, even if that happens, Sport believe that the Rossoneri will look to sign the player in January or at the end of the season.

Milan already have Barca-owned Bojan Krkic in their squad after he was netted from Roma before the start of 2012-13.

Pato set for January loan move?
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AC Milan will reportedly consider loaning Alexandre Pato to another club in January, while the Brazilian will miss the Juventus game.

Pato’s future is in some doubt after he issued a quit threat this week and his agent has confirmed that talks with Milan will take place on Tuesday.

Stories on Friday are suggesting that a definite sale is unlikely to happen after Christmas because Pato’s asking price has dropped drastically given his recent injury problems.

However, a loan is possible with a number of Brazilian sides ready to give him the chance to re-find some form.

Meanwhile, Pato won’t take on Juventus at San Siro on Sunday evening.

The forward picked up a knock in the game against Anderlecht on Wednesday which, although not serious, will see him miss out this weekend.

Torino expect AC Milan interest in Ogbonna
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Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi expects to be contacted by Milan regarding a possible bid for Angelo Ogbonna.

The 24-year-old has been paired with the Rossoneri in the past and he could be sold at the end of the season.

“Milan may think about him,” Petrachi told Sport Italia. “He is a player who represents the future of the Italian national side.

“He really is lacking nothing. He’s strong physically and technically, as well as having the right kind of attitude.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Milan take an interest because he represents the top of Italian defenders.”

Ogbonna, however, wouldn’t come cheap as Toro chief Urbano Cairo values him at around €20m.

“He has an important asking price,” the former Nottingham Forest player added. “The President has already turned down a few offers for him.

“Last January, for example, a club tabled a bid of over €10m.”

Pato gets AC Milan all-clear
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AC Milan have released a statement assuring Alexandre Pato only picked up a knock against Anderlecht and “tests did not show muscular lesions.”

There were fears the Brazilian had injured himself again during last night’s 3-1 win in Brussels when scoring the final goal.

However, the club announced this evening that Pato “received a bruise to the left thigh. Medical tests did not show muscular lesions.”

It is also believed that Philippe Mexes only lightly sprained his knee and has not done serious damage.

AC Milan and Juventus interested in Peluso
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Juventus and AC Milan are set to fight it out for Atalanta defender Federico Peluso in January, according to reports in Italy.

The Bianconeri and the Rossoneri are both interested in the 28-year-old, have claimed, and will battle it out in the winter transfer window for the Dea man.

A bid of around €5m is likely to prize the Italy international away from Bergamo, who has been a key member of Stefano Colantuono's side since joining the club in 2009.

Pato agent set for AC Milan talks
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The agent of Alexandre Pato has revealed that he will talk to Milan about his client’s future in a meeting next week.

The Brazilian surprisingly issued a quit threat after last night’s 3-1 win at Anderlecht and a January exit could be a possibility.

“If he said certain things then he must have had his reasons,” Gilmar Veloz told TMW on Thursday morning.

“I want to get a better understanding of the situation with Milan.

“I’ll arrive in Italy on Tuesday, I’ll speak with Pato and then with the club to evaluate what to do next. I don’t want to really say anything more because I wouldn’t want to say inexact things.”

Pato was almost sold to Paris Saint-Germain last January until he turned down the switch to the French capital.

“I don’t know if he can leave Milan,” Veloz continued. “We’ll talk about that again after Tuesday...”

Van Basten will be at AC Milan - Juventus
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Marco Van Basten will be at San Siro on Sunday evening to watch former club Milan take on Juventus.

“Van Basten will be in the stands,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed.

“It will be 20 years on from that great night against Gothenburg when he scored four goals and the most beautiful overhead kick in our history.”

The Dutchman spent seven successful years at San Siro, before he was forced to retire because of an ankle injury in 1995.

Van Basten has since become a Coach and is currently at Heerenveen after spells in charge of the Dutch national side and Ajax.

“I don’t know if Van Basten could become the Coach here in the future,” Galliani continued. “He could do one day, anything can happen in life.

“Nevertheless he will be here on Sunday as an ex-Rossonero player and nothing else. That’s also because I am faithful to Massimiliano Allegri.”

Yepes hails Ibrahimovic-like Mexes
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Mario Yepes has applauded Milan teammate Philippe Mexes for his wonder goal in the 3-1 win at Anderlecht. “I want to score one like that…”

The French centre-back stunned Europe with an acrobatic overhead kick from outside the area, just a week after ex-Diavolo Zlatan Ibrahimovic did a similar thing versus England.

“Mexes scored a fantastic goal,” the Colombian stopper noted. “It reminded me of Ibra’s strike and I’d like to score one like that as well!”

Milan have had a problematic campaign, but they have booked their place in the next round of the European Cup with a game to spare.

“That was our objective,” the former Chievo man added. “It was a tough game. After the 2-0 they threw everything forward looking for the draw.

“We did well in the first 10 minutes of the first half without making the most of a couple of good chances.

“The rest of the first half was complicated then, in the second half, we found space and with the characteristics of our attackers it became easier.

“Now we’ll think about Sunday against Juventus, but we’re happy about the qualification.

“With this game behind us now we can think about working for another important game for us and our fans.”

Nocerino now focused on Juventus
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AC Milan’s Antonio Nocerino has already archived last night’s 3-1 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League. “It’s Juventus next.”

The victory in Belgium saw the Diavolo book their place in the last 16 of the competition, but the Italian is keeping his feet on the ground.

“I’m already thinking about Sunday, this game is already behind us,” the former Palermo player commented ahead of the Juventus visit.

“We’ve done nothing yet, we’re happy for the fans, but we have to be humble and continue to live like this was our last chance.

“We have a great jersey on our backs, this is one of the biggest clubs in world football and we have to keep on going like this.”

Milan are an incredible 17 points behind leaders Juve after just 13 Serie A games this season.

In their seven home League games this term, the Diavolo have won three and lost four.

Pato makes AC Milan quit threat
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Alexandre Pato has thrown a spanner in the works by suggesting he could leave Milan in January. “I want to play and we’ll see what to do with my agent.”

The striker had been expected to start tonight’s match with Anderlecht, but came off the bench to score the third goal in a 3-1 Champions League victory.

“I am happy for the goal and had told the Coach I was going to score,” said the striker on Mediaset Premium.

“Milan are doing well and Stephan El Shaarawy is doing well, but I want to play. We’ll see what to do with my agent.”

It is a bitter blow for the Rossoneri, as Pato has just recovered from muscular problems that kept him out for the best part of a year.

There have been suggestions that Pato blames the Milan medical staff, as he tended to recover quicker when working with the Brazil medics.

Mexes: 'I'm no Ibrahimovic!'
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Philippe Mexes admits his wonder-strike was “a bit lucky, as I just gave it a go” when scoring with an overhead kick from outside the area.

It was similar to the goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently netted for Sweden against England.

“Nothing went through my mind. I gave it a go, it went well, but I will admit it was a bit lucky. Ibra is a phenomenon, I just gave it a go!” Mexes told Mediaset.

“For a defender to score a goal like that is unusual and I’d never got one like that before. My teammates asked if I was trying to provide a cross and got it wrong!

“I dedicate it to my family who have always supported me and my children, as it isn’t easy for them to stay home with their Dad always travelling around.”

Mexes did not finish the game against Anderlecht, as he limped off in the final stages with a sprained knee.

“At the time my knee was very sore for five minutes, as I got my studs caught in the turf and couldn’t even extend it. I was limping and we conceded the goal while they were preparing the substitution. I think we wouldn’t have conceded it if someone had been 100 per cent fit.

“We must keep our feet on the ground, as it was tough and we must continue like this. Qualification was crucial.”

Champions League: Anderlecht 1:3 AC Milan - goals/highlights
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Galliani: 'Mexes will go viral!'
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AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani reveals why he’ll always support Max Allegri and hopes Philippe Mexes’ overhead kick can go viral.

“My heart held up again! It is not an easy period for the team, the President, for everyone. We had a troubled summer and an iffy autumn,” he said after a 3-1 win over Anderlecht.

Mexes provided the highlight of the evening with a stunning overhead kick from outside the box that resembled Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s strike against England.

“Ibrahimovic scored that goal in a friendly, but this one was official and we hope it’ll go round the world just like Ibra’s did.

“If Leo Messi had scored that, every news channel around the world would show it and he’d have been made a saint tonight!

“I want to reassure fans that he has a bit of a knee problem, but nothing serious.”

Galliani is a notoriously tense presence in the stands and admits he didn’t see three of the evening’s four goals in Brussels.

“I didn’t see the opening goal and it’s the first time it has happened. I was talking to the cycling legend Eddy Merckx, there was a queue of people and I couldn’t get back to my seat in time. I didn’t see Pato’s goal either, as I was already hiding in the locker room. Basically I didn’t see anything!

“To be honest, I didn’t see the Anderlecht goal, as whenever they put a dangerous cross in, I turn away and get my son to give me commentary!”

The first half was a terrible performance and the Rossoneri did not have a single shot on goal, but Galliani would not criticise Allegri in public.

“We are in the knockouts and that is the important thing. How are we playing? I am the general manager and therefore I say we are playing very well. In private I might say things differently!

“I am ideologically against the idea of changing a Coach mid-season. I defended Allegri the way I did every other tactician. It has to be a catastrophe of truly Biblical proportions for us to do that, because the replacement is hardly ever going to do a better job.”

Allegri: 'Mission accomplished'
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Massimiliano Allegri notes Milan “have achieved our first target of the season,” but admits he couldn’t believe Philippe Mexes had scored that goal.

The Rossoneri needed a victory in Belgium to ensure qualification for the knockouts in second place behind Malaga and got it with a 3-1 result over Anderlecht.

“Champions League games are never easy. We knew Zenit’s result, so winning tonight was very important to secure qualification,” Allegri told Mediaset.

“We have achieved our first target of the season and the lads fully deserved it. We suffered at times and got the final ball wrong at times, but only really risked on the counter-attack and on set plays.

“We should’ve done better in defence after they went down to 10 men, as they were throwing crosses in there and hoping for the best.

“We had started well, then I think we were too hasty and tried too many long balls rather than making the right decisions in attack. We knew there was space behind their four defenders, but failed to find it in the first half.”

Mexes scored an incredible over-head kick from outside the penalty area, reminiscent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal against England in a recent friendly.

“I saw this extraordinary goal and the ball looping into the air. At the time I didn’t believe he’d scored, as it seemed impossible that would go in! He has pain in his knee and went off, so we’ll see what the tests say.

“Especially after going 2-0 up, we wasted some chances to add a third and almost ground to a halt out of fear of failing to take home the result. That can happen with a squad that is so young and lacking in European experience.”

Stephan El Shaarawy scored again and set up Alexandre Pato for the third.

“His maturity is important and he is more balanced now than he was last season. He is generous and hard-working. He does better on the wing, so we had to adapt the squad a little, using a 4-3-3 with Boateng given the option to come back into the centre a little more. Stephan struggles as part of a classic two-man attack.”

El Shaarawy: 'AC Milan suffered to win'
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Stephan El Shaarawy praised Anderlecht for their performance even with 10 men, but Milan “suffered” to earn qualification.

“The result was very important and we are so happy,” he said of the 3-1 victory in Belgium.

“It was like the Zenit game, when we managed to suffer and then bring home the result.”

The Little Pharaoh scored the opener and set up the third on a plate for Alexandre Pato.

“Pato is a great champion who needs to rediscover his form and consistency. I’m happy to have scored, but above all to have qualified.

“Anderlecht are a good side who played well and created good chances, but we defended strongly and must now think about Juve.

“I dedicate the win to us and to our fans who came all this way to support us. We’re very happy.”

Malaga had already qualified top of Group C by drawing 2-2 with Zenit earlier this evening, so Milan go through in second place with a round to spare.

VIDEO: Mexes bicycle kick vs. Anderlecht
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Champions League: Anderlecht 1:3 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Scorers: El Shaarawy 47 (M), Mexes 71 (M), De Sutter 78 (A), Pato 91 (M)

AC Milan are through to the Champions League knock-outs after a 3-1 win away to Anderlecht, which saw Philippe Mexes score a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-style overhead kick!

The 2-2 draw in Russia earlier this evening meant Malaga were mathematically sure of top spot and Zenit joined Anderlecht on four points, but a win would send the Rossoneri through. Luca Antonini, Daniele Bonera, Ignazio Abate and Massimo Ambrosini were injured, but Bojan Krkic and Kevin-Prince Boateng joined Stephan El Shaarawy in attack. The Belgians welcomed back Olivier Deschacht and Milan Jovanovic, while Guillame Gillet shook off a knock to start.

These sides drew 0-0 at San Siro in September for what Massimiliano Allegri said was Milan’s “worst performance of the season.”

Silvio Proto smothered at Bojan’s feet after 35 seconds, but Anderlecht took control of the tempo and on 13 minutes Jovanovic went clear down the left from a Dieudonne’ Mbokani pass and Christian Abbiati parried with his foot.

The move continued and Dennis Praet drilled wide from outside the box. Anderlecht dominated possession in the first half, though chances were few and far between.

Kevin Constant managed to deflect a flicked-on long free kick off the feet of Mbokani at the back post. Boateng wasted a chance when he completely mistimed his header to commit a foul on his marker in the box, then the Ghanaian’s effort was charged down from a corner.

A long Mattia De Sciglio pass was allowed to bounce and Proto bravely rushed out to pluck it off El Shaarawy’s feet.

On 43 minutes El Shaarawy’s inspired through pass sent Bojan clear, but the ex-Barcelona striker lost his footing after riding a tackle and the chance went begging.

Milan took the lead straight after the restart and with their first actual shot on goal. De Sciglio’s long cross was taken by El Shaarawy at the back post with his left foot and he curled across the goalkeeper to the far top corner on the volley with his right. It was the Little Pharaoh’s 16th goal of the season in all competition, including internationals.

El Shaarawy had another attempt charged down soon after, while Proto intercepted a Boateng roll across the face of goal.

Anderlecht had two penalty appeals in the space of five seconds, but the referee waved play on for both as normal collisions in the box. Philippe Mexes’ challenge on Jovanovic was a concern.

Massimo Bruno hit the side-netting from a promising position and Mbokani’s header was wayward. Mario Yepes had forced Proto to parry with his foot from a diving header, but the defender was offside anyway on Antonio Nocerino’s free kick.

Alexandre Pato had been expected to start, but only came on as a substitute for Bojan. The Duck immediately went on the counter-attack and in a two-against-one situation was clearly tripped by Nuytinck. At first the referee had only awarded a free kick, but under advice from his assistants flashed the straight red for wrecking a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

From the resulting free kick, Mexes scored the craziest goal of his career! He chested down the loose ball outside the box and went into an overhead kick that looped over a stunned Proto into the far top corner! It was very similar to the goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored against England in a recent friendly.

However, 10-man Anderlecht got one back when the Milan defence was caught napping and a long cross was nodded on twice until substitute Tom De Sutter prodded in from four yards unmarked.

Mexes sprained his knee and limped off to make way for Cristian Zapata, but the Belgians were pouring forward now and Deschacht ran on to a through ball only to fire wide from a great position.

This left huge gaps at the back and El Shaarawy took advantage. He sprung the offside trap on a cross-field pass and sprinted into the box, drawing out the goalkeeper to roll across for Pato’s tap-in from a couple of yards.

Anderlecht 1-3 Milan

Scorers: El Shaarawy 47 (M), Mexes 71 (M), De Sutter 78 (A), Pato 91 (M)

Anderlecht: Proto; Nuytinck, Gillet, Kouyatè, Deschacht; Kljestan, Biglia; Praet (De Sutter 75), Bruno (Yakovenko 66), Jovanovic (Fernando Canesin 77); Mbokani

AC Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Mexes (Zapata 79), Yepes, Constant (Emanuelson 75); Montolivo, De Jong, Nocerino; Boateng, Bojan (Pato 67), El Shaarawy

Ref: Skomina (SVN)

Sent off: Nuytinck 70 (A)

Champions League: Anderlecht vs. AC Milan - lineups
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Anderlecht: Proto; Nuytinck, Gillet, Kouyatè, Deschacht; Kljestan, Biglia; Praet, Bruno, Jovanovic; Mbokani.

Anderlecht bench: Kaminski, Safari, Wasilewski, Fernando Canesin, Kanu, Yakovenko, De Sutter.

AC Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Constant; Montolivo, De Jong, Nocerino; Boateng, Bojan, El Shaarawy.

AC Milan bench: Amelia, Zapata, Flamini, Emanuelson, Robinho, Pato, Pazzini.

Ambrosini will quit AC Milan end of season
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Massimo Ambrosini will reportedly bring an end to his Milan love affair at the end of this campaign.

The 35-year-old signed a new one-year contract with the club in June, but that looks like that will be his last agreement with the Diavolo.

According to the Corriere dello Sport on Wednesday, the midfielder has decided to quit Serie A and he’s looking for a club in America.

The Italian international joined the Rossoneri in 1995 after a spell at Cesena. He’s been with the club ever since, apart from a loan spell at Vicenza in 1997-98.

Ambrosini has won four Scudetti, one Coppa Italia, two Italian Super Cups, two Champions League titles, two European Super Cups and a World Club Cup with the San Siro giants.

Allegri: 'Anderlecht is Pato's game'
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Massimiliano Allegri feels Milan’s trip to Anderlecht “could be Alexandre Pato’s game” and reassures Christian Abbiati, but warns qualification won’t be decided tomorrow.

The Rossoneri are second in Group C, but only one point clear of Anderlecht and two in front of Zenit, so qualification is far from secure.

“It is going to be a very difficult game, just like all the ones we have faced recently. The Champions League is a tough competition, but we will give our all to do well,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“Overall, our performance against Napoli on Saturday was good. There were some individual errors and these things can happen. Tomorrow will be a different match, but the team is in good shape physically.”

The Rossoneri fought back from 2-0 down to earn a point in Naples, but Allegri hopes this isn’t necessarily setting a trend.

“We hope that we won’t have to fight back, as it’d be better to take the lead. Lately we have been falling behind quite a lot and at times the comebacks don’t work. Mind you, at the start of the season we couldn’t even manage comebacks.

“Pato is a player who is important on a European level. This could be his game. Kevin-Prince Boateng had a good performance in terms of intensity and technique on Saturday, which was a good sign for him and for us.

“Robinho provided a stunning pass for the equaliser that only champions know how to do. I still have to decide who starts and what support I can expect from the bench.”

The 2-2 draw with Napoli was also characterised by goalkeeper Abbiati's howler.

“There is no problem with Abbiati. He made a mistake, just like anyone can,” assured Allegri. “The side has never made overall errors, but rather individual mistakes and obviously a game can change with those. The team is in good shape, both physically and psychologically.

“I always said the Champions League group would be balanced and it will be until the end. Tomorrow by the time we play, we’ll already know Zenit’s result against Malaga, but either way I think qualification will be open to the final game.

“Of course I am not satisfied with our points tally in this group, but if we have these results then it means we deserve them. I would’ve preferred to have nine points, but now we have two games and must do well to get through to the next round.”

Milan were fired up last week by a visit from President Silvio Berlusconi, who Allegri thanked for his comments.

“The President’s advice is always important and his visit was wonderful for the whole team. I think that talking to him about football is always a pleasure.”

Mexes feels 'AC Milan confidence'
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Philippe Mexes praised Anderlecht in a “balanced” Champions League group, but notes Milan’s comeback at Napoli “gave us a lot of confidence.”

The Rossoneri are second in Group C, but just one point ahead of Anderlecht and two in front of Zenit, so their qualification is still up in the air.

“The last time I came here my team won 7-1, but tomorrow that won’t be the case,” said defender Mexes at the start of his Press conference in Belgium.

“This is a very tough game and a decisive one, so we have prepared for it as best we can. It is a Champions League match and we’ll do everything to win, though it is a fixture rich with hidden dangers.

“We will try to keep a clean sheet and hurt our opponents in attack.”

On Saturday Milan fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Napoli and Mexes hopes that can fire up the side.

“We showed a great reaction in Naples and that gave us a lot of confidence. We need points in Serie A, but have proved we’ve got strength and do not deserve to be in that position.

“The Champions League is a different tournament entirely and we are in a very balanced group. Anderlecht have shown they’ve got quality, but we will all fight together to get through to the next round.

“Things are not going the way they should. We lacked some good fortune, but also make individual mistakes. The only way out of this is to stay united and work together in the same direction.”

These teams drew 0-0 at San Siro in the opening round of the group, a performance that Massimiliano Allegri later referred to as their “worst of the season.”

AC Milan keen to sign Benaglio
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AC Milan are interested in signing Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, reports in Italy have suggested today.

Tutto Mercato claim that the Rossoneri are on the look-out for a new shot-stopper after Christian Abbiati's shaky start to the season, and could be on the verge of bringing the Switzerland international to San Siro.

The 29-year-old could be available for around €7m as the Wolves continue to struggle in the Bundesliga having won just four games so far.

Benaglio has been ever-present for the Radkappen this term, playing in all 12 League games and keeping two clean sheets.

Anderlecht chief wary of AC Milan threat
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Anderlecht Sporting Director Herman van Holsebeeck has admitted his team will be up against when they face Milan on Wednesday.

The Belgian club host Massimiliano Allegri's side in the Champions League tomorrow, with the winner cementing themselves in second place with one matchday left.

But the 58-year-old has conceded that his side will face a tough test against the Rossoneri.

“We are ready for this match,” he told Tuttomercattoweb. “But we know it's going to be a difficult game.

“Milan will put us in difficulty because they are a strong team with great attacking strengths.

“Stephan El Shaarawy is a real talent – probably the best Milan have to offer at this time – so our defenders will have to work overtime to stop him.”

He also commented on the future of striker Dieumerci Mbokani, who has been linked with Fiorentina and Newcastle United.

“I do not know what the future holds for him,” he said. “But we will only part with him if a big offer is put on the table.”

El Shaarawy compared to Massaro
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Giancarlo Antognoni has likened Stephan El Shaarawy to former Milan forward Daniele Massaro.

El Shaarawy, who is still just 20, is Serie A’s top scorer this season thanks to his 10 goals in 13 League games.

“He’s surprised me with how regularly he is scoring goals,” the Fiorentina legend stated. “The way Milan play helps him, but I didn’t expect him to be so prolific.

“He’s a centre-forward who plays everywhere, a player who reminds me of Massaro,” the 1982 World Cup winner added.

“I considered Massaro to be a very technical player, a modern striker who was blessed with pace.”

Massaro was a teammate of Antognoni’s during their time together at Fiorentina in the 1980s.

Shevchenko hails El Shaarawy
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AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy will become a key player for club and country, says former Diavolo Andriy Shevchenko.

The 20-year-old forward has been a revelation in Serie A this season and he’s the League’s top scorer with 10 goals in 13 games.

“I didn’t know a lot about him until a few months ago,” the Ukrainian legend told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Now I have been struck by his talent. I saw his performance against Napoli and the goals that he scored. Great goals.

“He’s a really mobile player, he knows how to move on the pitch and he’s good at defending too,” Sheva added.

“He’s still very young, but if he continues like this then he will become a champion. He’ll be an important player for Milan and your national side.”

AC Milan looking to Xhaka?
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AC Milan could look to sign Borussia Monchengladbach youngster Granit Xhaka in January, according to reports in Italy.

The former Basel man only signed for the German club this summer, but Tutto Mercato Web believe that the Rossoneri could look to bring the 20-year-old to Serie A in the winter transfer window.

The Switzerland international has been ever-present in the Foals' side this season, starting eight Bundesliga games and scoring one goal.

An offer of around €15m is likely to attract the interest of Monchengladbach, but Massimiliano Allegri's team may have to fight off the advances of Lazio who are also interested in the midfielder's signature.

'Allegri to credit for El Shaarawy rise'
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Stephan El Shaarawy's agent has praised Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri for his handling of the forward.

The 20-year-old's representative has commended the Rossoneri boss for his gradual inclusion in the San Siro side's squad, and has also commented on the explosion of young talent in Serie A.

“His inclusion into the team was perfect,” Roberto Lo Florio told Radio Marte. “He was gradually inserted in training, and has then come into the first team properly during this second year.

“Credit for that has to go to Allegri.

“I think it's brilliant that finally young players are being given the chance to play in our country.”

AC Milan squad for Anderlecht
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Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel; Acerbi, De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Zapata; Boateng, Constant, Cristante, De Jong, Emanuelson, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino; Bojan, El Shaarawy, Pato, Pazzini, Robinho.

Galliani: Inter favoured in derby
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has reminded city rivals Inter that they were favoured by refereeing errors in their derby win.

The Nerazzurri were left fuming this weekend after their 2-2 draw with Cagliari over the non-assignment of a penalty they felt they deserved.

“Everyone moans when you are penalised and not when you are favoured,” the Rossoneri Vice-President noted on Monday. “And that includes me.

“As far as I’m concerned, we were certainly not favoured in the derby and I heard no complaints. We had a good goal disallowed and we were not given a penalty.

“A solution? There isn’t one as referees make mistakes.

“Last season we suffered the worst refereeing mistake and we caused a bit of trouble, but not that much…”

Galliani was referring to the Sulley Muntari goal in the game against Juventus which wasn’t awarded despite being clearly over the line.

Galliani also added that he wants Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi to again pay the squad a visit ahead of the tie against Juve next weekend.

“It’s true. I've asked him to come to Milanello on Saturday. I asked him if he could clear his schedule so that he could be with us.”

Berlusconi spent time with the players on Friday ahead of the 2-2 draw with Napoli.

Abbiati cools talk of AC Milan rift
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Christian Abbiati insists that there is no breakdown in his relationship with Adriano Galliani after the official criticised the Milan ‘keeper.

Galliani was caught on camera screaming obscenities towards the goalkeeper after he conceded a soft opening goal in the 2-2 draw with Napoli on Saturday.

“As far as I am concerned, nothing has happened,” the Italian noted. “I didn’t even know about it until Galliani phoned me.

“I know that Galliani loves me and we have a special relationship. He told me that it was all forgotten after just a second.”

Galliani was left furious after Gokhan Inler’s strike caught out the former Torino and Juventus shot-stopper.

“I’ve seen that shot again 100 times and every time I don’t know how I wasn’t able to stop it,” Abbiati continued.

“I was a bit too far to the left, but the ball changed direction. It was a bit like what Andrea Pirlo used to do to me in training a few years ago.”

El Shaarawy more prolific than Ibrahimovic
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The Gazzetta dello Sport is today underlining how much more prolific Stephan El Shaarawy has been this season at Milan in comparison to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 20-year-old has now netted 10 goals in the first 13 League games of this campaign following his brace at Napoli on Saturday night.

The Gazzetta has highlighted that Ibrahimovic, whose summer move to Paris Saint-Germain has allowed the young Italian a regular run in the first team, was never so hot in front of goal at San Siro.

In the 2010-11 season, the former Juventus and Inter man grabbed seven goals over the course of the first 13 games. A season later, the Swedish international grabbed eight.

Abbiati and Inler on 'weird' goal
18.11 || webmaster

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Christian Abbiati and Gokhan Inler try to explain what happened with that bizarre Napoli opening goal. “The ball changed trajectory.”

The Milan goalkeeper was made to look foolish after just five minutes at the San Paolo last night when Inler’s long-range shot seemed to wrong-foot him.

“The ball changed trajectory and went in a weird direction,” said Abbiati after the 2-2 draw.

“At first it looked as if it was heading towards the left, then after going past Francesco Acerbi it went right. Having said that, when these things happen, the fault always lies with the goalkeeper.

“It’s not easy to come back from 2-0 down in Naples, but we reacted well and managed this feat.”

Swiss international Inler also gave his view of that unusual goal and tried to reassure Abbiati.

“I hit it with a twist so that the ball would swerve mid-air,” revealed the Napoli midfielder.

“I intended it to change direction, much like a free kick, so I don’t think Abbiati can be blamed for that.”

Allegri: 'AC Milan make too many mistakes'
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Massimiliano Allegri is glad of the San Paolo point, but warns Milan “have to grow up. We still make far too many mistakes.”

The Rossoneri looked to be heading for another defeat when trailing 2-0 to Napoli, but Stephan El Shaarawy’s brace completed the comeback for a 2-2 draw.

“In the second half we suffered a couple of situations that could’ve been avoided and were down to our errors, which is when Napoli could’ve finished us off,” admitted the Coach.

“Today the centre-backs did well to close down Edinson Cavani’s diagonal runs and I think we had a good game in defence overall.

“We ran a few too many risks on some occasions, but we also created a lot of chances towards the end. With Mbaye Niang and Antonio Nocerino being a little sharper, we could even have won it.

“We have to grow up, as we still make far too many mistakes on an individual level. This is a team that must mature and learn from the errors as well as its position in the table.

“The point is deserved considering the way we played and the intensity on the field,” continued Allegri.

“I replaced Riccardo Montolivo because he was tired and I needed a fresh pair of legs that would be more active around the opposition area. Kevin-Prince Boateng also played well and needs to relax back into things.

“Why did I choose Niang instead of Pato? I thought we had the chances to win it and that the Frenchman could settle better into the game late on compared to Pato.”

This week Allegri was spotted in training lambasting his squad, complaining that their mentality could send Milan into Serie B.

“I said those things to motivate the squad ahead of a series of important and complicated games. If we face those with the wrong approach, then we could be dragged to the bottom of the barrel.”

El Shaarawy: 'Dedicated to Abbiati'
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Stephan El Shaarawy is Capocannoniere and his double snatched a point for Milan in Naples. “I dedicate the goals to Christian Abbiati.”

The 20-year-old completed the comeback from 2-0 down at the San Paolo after a couple of defensive howlers, including a terrible Abbiati error.

“I dedicate the goals to my teammates who gave their all and especially to Christian. He conceded that goal at the start, but has saved us so many times,” he said of the 2-2 draw.

“We played a great game and are happy with the comeback. I think this was one of our best performances of the season and I hope the President will also be happy.

“Now we have to look ahead to Wednesday, when we will play an even more important match.”

The Rossoneri travel to Anderlecht in the Champions League.

Serie A: Napoli 2:2 AC Milan - match report
17.11 || webmaster

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Scorers: Inler 5 (N), Insigne 30 (N), El Shaarawy 44, 82 (M)

Napoli were gifted a 2-0 lead by defensive howlers, but Stephan El Shaarawy’s brace completed the comeback for a Milan draw at the San Paolo.

This should’ve been a Scudetto battle, but instead the Rossoneri were languishing in the lower end of the table. Injuries didn’t help their cause, as Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera, Luca Antonini, Sulley Muntari and Djamel Mesbah all missed the trip along with the suspended Massimo Ambrosini. Alexandre Pato and Giampaolo Pazzini were both dropped in favour of a new trident. Napoli were without Goran Pandev and the banned Valon Behrami, so Lorenzo Insigne got a rare start alongside goal-machine Edinson Cavani.

Milan’s record at the San Paolo was not encouraging either, as they had won here only once since Napoli’s return to the top flight in 2007. Juve’s draw with Lazio earlier this evening gave Walter Mazzarri’s men the chance to close on the leaders.

Gokhan Inler broke the deadlock with the first real attempt and Christian Abbiati made an absolute hash of it. The goalkeeper, wearing the captain’s armband, was caught wrong-footed by a hopeful long-range strike from the Swiss international that swerved a little in the air.

Milan went close when Riccardo Montolivo prodded inches wide while falling to get on the end of a Kevin-Prince Boateng assist. Cavani was incorrectly flagged offside when one-on-one against Kevin Constant, while Antonio Nocerino blasted over the bar.

Juan Camilo Zuniga returned from injury and his effort was deflected wide, but Abbiati was made to look foolish again for Napoli’s second goal. Insigne spun round and his shot took a deflection off Francesco Acerbi, sending the ball squirming through Abbiati’s legs.

It should’ve been 3-0 moments later when Insigne pounced on a terrible Constant back-pass, but the youngster tried to set up Cavani instead of going for goal and it was intercepted by Philippe Mexes.

Milan finally threatened on 38 minutes, as Stephan El Shaarawy failed to get the final touch to an angled Boateng ball across the face of goal.

The Rossoneri pulled one back on the stroke of half-time when Mattia De Sciglio rolled back to the edge of the box where El Shaarawy curled a first-time scorcher under the bar.

After the restart Nocerino fired over from distance and Mexes turned wide from a corner. Cavani was booked for a mistimed tackle on Bojan Krkic, meaning he’ll be suspended next week against Cagliari.

Bojan toe-poked off target to ruin a promising counter-attack and Boateng turned a couple of good chances over. However, Napoli went so close on the hour mark when Hamsik rolled across for Christian Maggio to come sliding in just a second too late to get the decisive touch at the back post.

Milan almost gifted Cavani a goal with a terrible pass, but this time Abbiati parried with his feet. Cavani then anticipated Mexes with a high foot to send Hamsik through, but the Slovak drilled wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

The Rossoneri were pouring forward and Hugo Campagnaro was decisive to take the ball off Bojan’s foot as Morgan De Sanctis had come rushing off his line. Boateng attempted an overhead kick from the corner, but it was wild and high.

Pazzini was thrown on for Montolivo and Robinho made his appearance, but Bojan was curiously booked for simulation after he was shoved by Cavani.

Napoli had three shots charged down during the same move, as Abbiati eventually stuck out a foot to deny Cavani.

However, Milan completed their comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at the San Paolo. Substitute Robinho threaded through for El Shaarawy, who kept his cool to side-foot it past De Sanctis into the far bottom corner for his 10th Serie A goal of the season.

Maggio blasted over from a promising position and Mbaye Niang tested De Sanctis from distance, then El Shaarawy had his toe-poke smothered on the counter.

Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Gamberini; Maggio (Vargas 89), Inler, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Zuniga (Dossena 88); Cavani, Insigne (Mesto 66)

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Mexes, Acerbi, Constant; Montolivo (Pazzini 76), De Jong, Nocerino; Boateng (Robinho 80), Bojan (Niang 85), El Shaarawy

Ref: Bergonzi

Berlusconi: 'I like Balotelli'
17.11 || webmaster

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AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi confirmed he likes Mario Balotelli “a lot,” fuelling more reports of a January offer for the Manchester City enigma.

The patron spent five hours at the Milanello training ground on Friday in a bid to revive the squad after a dismal start to the season.

While there, Berlusconi spoke to the media on numerous topics and was asked about Balotelli.

“I like him. I like him a lot,” was the response from the media magnate and former Prime Minister of Italy.

Balotelli has never disguised that he is a Rossoneri fan and would prefer this club above all others if he were to leave Manchester City.

His contract expires in 2014 and agent Mino Raiola has repeatedly stated no Italian club will be able to afford his transfer fee or his current wages.

Nonetheless, Berlusconi’s comments have fuelled speculation of a January offer for SuperMario.

Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Coach Massimiliano Allegri blasted his squad during a team meeting.

“I didn’t see a single tackle won in 20 minutes. The problem is not in your legs, it is in your heads,” he allegedly said during training.

“You’re not all here with your minds and this is why we are losing. To you it makes no difference whether we win or lose and that cannot happen at a club like Milan. If we carry on like this, we’ll end up in Serie B.”

Papadopoulos not joining AC Milan
17.11 || webmaster

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Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos will not be making a move to Milan, according to the player's agent.

Rumours had circulated this afternoon that the Greek centre-back was on the verge of a transfer to the San Siro, but his representative has rubbished those reports, revealing that the 20-year-old has only just signed a contract extension with the German club.

“The rumours are a strange one to me,” he told “He has only just signed until 2016 at Schalke.

“Maybe the clubs have contacted each other directly, but all I can say is that at the time of signing, Schalke and the player were completely satisfied.

“The boy is happy at the club and his family are entirely settled in Gelsenkirchen.

“In terms of his age, Kyriakos is one of the best defenders in the world, so it is obvious that other clubs may be interested, but we are not thinking of a move.

“Maybe one day we will go and experience another League, but not now.”

Mazzarri wary of AC Milan threat
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Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri has admitted that Milan will pose a problem when the two meet on Saturday.

The Rossoneri have had a poor start to the season, losing six of their first 12 games, but the 51-year-old has conceded that despite this Massimiliano Allegri's side will still cause his team issues.

“Milan have had a whirlwind season so far,” he told a Press conference. “But they are still a strong team.

“When you are not having the best of times you still have to get up and go again – I think the visit of Milan's President today will help them do that.

“Whatever people may think, Milan have a better side than their standing suggests.

“They may be underdogs but that does not make me confident. Our success in the game depends on having the right attitude – if we do that we can beat anyone.”

He also commented on Goran Pandev – who misses out due to a muscle strain – and his replacement Lorenzo Insigne.

“I feel sorry for Pandev,” he said. “He would have loved to have played, but I am confident that Insigne can step up and replace him.

“The boy must play as he knows how, think about the team and remove any anxieties. If he uses the strength of the fans then I'm sure he'll be fine.”

Pandev set to miss AC Milan match
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Goran Pandev will have to watch the Milan game from the sidelines after the Napoli man failed to recover from injury.

The former Inter striker is struggling with a muscle strain and he’s been left out of the squad for Saturday’s encounter at the Stadio San Paolo.

Italian youngster Lorenzo Insigne is expected to replace him in the starting XI.

Squad: De Sanctis, Rosati, Colombo; Aronica, Britos, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Fernandez, Gamberini, Grava; Donadel, Dossena, Dzemaili, El Kaddouri, Hamsik, Inler, Maggio, Mesto, Zuniga; Cavani, Insigne, Vargas.

Allegri: Berlusconi visit a positive
16.11 || webmaster

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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is hoping that the visit of President Silvio Berlusconi today will spur the side on to victory at Napoli on Saturday.

Berlusconi touched down at Milanello where he greeted every player, before addressing them as a squad.

“The visit of the President is very important and it will help to stimulate us,” the Coach stated. “He understands that this is a difficult time and he urged us to do better.

“I spoke with him after the Fiorentina loss, he wanted to understand the situation. But it isn’t a matter of formation, we have to be in the right frame of mind and stop conceding goals.”

Milan had seen a brief improvement in results until they were defeated 3-1 at home by the Viola last weekend.

“We’re really angry because getting a good result against Fiorentina would have given us some continuity in our results,” the tactician added.

“We’ve left a pile of points on our journey so far, but we have the time to get back on the right path.

“There is an important month ahead of us with eight games, two of those fundamental Champions League ties.”

Things may get even more complicated for Allegri and the Rossoneri as they face a daunting trip to the Stadio San Paolo.

“Napoli have some important players and it will be a tough test. Edinson Cavani, Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik are great.

“Napoli are unbeaten at home, they have excellent qualities and they play well on the counter-attack.

“We’ll have to be alert and play with intensity. We are not in a position to play badly and win, we have to play as a team.”

Allegri noted that Philippe Mexes and Francesco Acerbi will probably start in the centre of defence in a possible 4-3-3.

Milan squad: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Acerbi, De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Zapata, Constant, Boateng, De Jong, Emanuelson, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino, Bojan, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pato, Pazzini and Robinho.

AC Milan chief Berlusconi speaks
16.11 || webmaster

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AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has backed boss Massimiliano Allegri, told Stephan El Shaarawy to cut his hair and defended the club’s high profile summer sales.

Speaking to Milan Channel after visiting the squad at Milanello on Friday, the former Italian Prime Minister discussed a variety of subjects.

“I’m not here to scream at the squad because that is not what they need,” Berlusconi commented ahead of tomorrow’s game against Napoli.

“We start again from today, I want to get close to Milan again and get back what I had lost over these years.

“If Allegri is here then it is because I have faith in him,” he added. “This is an unfortunate period, but let us not forget what he has won.

“Milan have a precise tradition. In 26 years, we’ve changed the Coach during the course of a season on only two occasions. We are serious people, we have a good relationship with the tactician.”

The Rossoneri have struggled this term, but one bright spark has been provided by the form of El Shaarawy.

“El Shaarawy is a solid kid with his feet on the ground. If only he'd change his hairstyle.”

Milan fans were left frustrated by the club’s transfer policy in the summer when they opted to sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain.

“There is regret over Ibra, but you have to do the maths,” he noted.

“We saved €130m with their sales and nobody, during this economic climate, would have turned that down.

“You see real fans in times of difficulty. I expect the team to be supported. After 26 years of caviar and champagne, patience is needed.”

Berlusconi, who rejected speculation that he is in discussions to sell a stake in the club, also spoke about a number of players.

“Alexandre Pato is a great champion. He was the most untouchable player we had, then he had this series of injuries. He needs to pick himself up, but he has a desire to get back to his levels.

“As for Riccardo Montolivo, he is a playmaker, he reminds me of Pirlo. I’ll speak to Allegri about his positioning.”

When asked about Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli, a possible transfer target, Berlusconi said: “I like him a lot.”

Berlusconi fires up AC Milan with visit
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AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi gave the struggling squad a pep talk on Friday after he turned up at Milanello.

The former Italian Prime Minister arrived at their training base via helicopter where he watched a section of the session before taking centre-stage.

Berlusconi wanted to motivate the players and Coach Massimilano Allegri following their problematic start to the season.

After selling Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as waving goodbye to a host of veteran players, the Diavolo have struggled.

They currently find themselves in the bottom half of the table after losing six of their first 12 games so far.

The Rossoneri face a tricky trip to Napoli this weekend.

Acerbi: 'Pato and Cavani the best'
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Alexandre Pato is just as good as Napoli sensation Edinson Cavani, says Milan teammate Francesco Acerbi.

The two clubs will meet on Saturday night and Acerbi is adamant that the Brazilian has all that is needed to rival the Uruguayan in front of goal.

“Cavani and Pato are the best strikers in the Division,” the centre-back told Milan Channel ahead of the San Paolo clash.

“Cavani deserves all of the praise he is getting when you consider his goals, but he is only human and we can stop him.

“Pato has no reason to be envious of him…”

Cavani scored 23 goals in 35 League games for the Azzurri last season. He has eight in 10 so far this term.

As for Pato, the injury-plagued forward has only scored one Serie A goal since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

Galliani in Real Madrid talks?
15.11 || webmaster

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There are reports in Spanish newspapers that Milan chief Adriano Galliani had Real Madrid talks for Ricardo Carvalho, Raul Albiol and Kaka.

The Rossoneri are struggling badly in Serie A this season and Coach Massimiliano Allegri is desperate for January reinforcements.

According to Spanish newspaper As, Vice-President Galliani flew in to Madrid for whirlwind negotiations with Real Madrid.

Carvalho has already been told by Coach Jose Mourinho that he is not needed at the Bernabeu, so would be available and potentially on a loan deal too.

Albiol is another option to strengthen the Milan back line and, as ever, it’s rumoured Galliani also mentioned Kaka.

The Brazilian has always said he’d love a return to San Siro, but Real Madrid refused to release him on loan and his wages are beyond the Rossoneri’s salary cap.

AC Milan lose Yanga-Mbiwa
15.11 || webmaster

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AC Milan wave goodbye to one of their transfer targets, as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has officially renewed his Montpellier contract.

The defender had all but agreed terms with the Rossoneri over the summer and was set to be out of contract in June 2013.

It was believed he was going to hold out on negotiations with any other clubs so that he could join Milan on a free transfer.

However, Montpellier refused to sell and have now officially given 23-year-old Yanga-Mbiwa a new contract until June 2015.

Pandev out of Napoli - Milan?
15.11 || webmaster

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Goran Pandev is unlikely to be fit in time for Saturday night’s Napoli-Milan match, so Lorenzo Insigne could start.

The Macedonian striker has been struggling with an ankle injury and the latest reports suggest he is not going to be ready for the Serie A showdown.

Insigne has also suffered from an injury this week which ruled him out of Tuesday’s Under-21 international friendly, Italy 1-3 Spain.

Nonetheless, the youngster is thought to be fit to face Milan alongside Edinson Cavani.

Lippi on AC Milan's Chinese talks
15.11 || webmaster

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Davide Lippi, the son of Coach Marcello Lippi, outlined Milan’s collaboration with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Milan are set to release a statement on this,” Davide Lippi told Sky Sport Italia television.

“Guangzhou Evergrande are an important figure on the Chinese stage and Milan want to collaborate with them.

“The President of the Chinese club will tour Europe starting from December and I will certainly accompany him in Italy.

“Initially it will be a meeting and a commercial rapport, but we cannot know what could happen in future.”

There are reports the deal could include investment in Milan with Marcello Lippi returning to Italy as technical director.

“It is not a visit linked in with the transfer market, but simply to understand how we can outline the collaboration. There will certainly be a meeting with Adriano Galliani, plus visits to Milanello and San Siro.”

El Shaarawy delighted with goal
15.11 || webmaster

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Stephan El Shaarawy is delighted with his first goal for the Italian national team, according to his agent.

The Milan youngster scored for the Azzurri in their 2-1 loss to France on Wednesday night, and his representative has revealed that the 20-year-old was pleased to open his account for Cesare Prandelli's side.

“Stephan and I were together after the game,” Roberto Lo Florio told Radio Crc. “He was really delighted to score, but disappointed with the result.

“Italy didn't deserve to lose – they suffered a lot of bad luck, but the important thing for Stephan now is to get back and play well for Milan.

“He's made the most of his opportunities this season, but we need to keep our feet firmly on the ground.

“Unfortunately, Milan are going through a difficult time at the moment, having sold all their senior players – it's going to be a year of reconstruction and transition.”

El Shaarawy has been in exceptional form this season for the misfiring Rossoneri, scoring eight goals in Serie A, and attracting the interest of some of the biggest clubs in European football.

Thiago Silva: AC Milan never like this
15.11 || webmaster

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva has admitted that he has been surprised by the struggles of former club Milan this season.

“It’s not easy to judge from the outside, but I’ve never seen a Milan side like this,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It is certainly not Milan-like to lose six of their first 12 League games. I hope they can pick themselves up.”

The Brazilian was one of the many big name players to leave the Diavolo this summer, but he’s still a fan.

“I’ll always be a supporter of the Rossoneri because I was really happy at that club,” he commented.

Milan are joint twelfth in the table and will face a tricky test at Napoli this weekend.

AC Milan's Chinese investment?
15.11 || webmaster

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Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande are considering some sort of link up with Italian giants Milan, reports the Corriere dello Sport.

Marcello Lippi, who coaches the outfit, will show representatives of Guangzhou around the Diavolo’s Milanello training base in December.

They will also be present at San Siro for the Italian side’s Champions League game against Zenit St Petersburg on December 4.

It is being suggested that the Chinese could buy a stake in the club to form the start of some kind of partnership.

It is even being claimed that Lippi, a former Coach of Juventus and Inter, could eventually end up as an official with the Rossoneri.

Montolivo wanted AC Milan penalty
15.11 || webmaster

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Il Giornale is suggesting that Riccardo Montolivo requested to take the penalty which Milan teammate Alexandre Pato missed against Fiorentina.

Montolivo is alleged to have asked Pato to give him the ball, but the Brazilian opted to step up to the spot himself.

Pato subsequently missed the penalty when his effort comfortably cleared the bar in a game that the Viola won 3-1.

Montolivo left Fiorentina for Milan in the summer on a free transfer after his contract had expired in Tuscany.

Gattuso reveals Bayern temptation
15.11 || webmaster

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Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that he came very close to leaving Milan for Bayern Munich in the summer of 2008.

“I had basically reached an agreement with Bayern Munich,” the Sion player told Sport Bild. “We were 95 per cent of the way there.

“However, Milan President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani were opposed to the move.

“They made me understand that Milan was my home.”

The 2006 World Cup winner, now 34, joined the Rossoneri in 1999 from Salernitana. He left Milan last summer at the end of his contract.

El Shaarawy's goal against France
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Arsenal eye Mexes
15.11 || webmaster

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Having baulked at Edinson Cavani’s price-tag, it’s now reported Arsenal want a January swoop for Inter’s Ricky Alvarez and Milan’s Philippe Mexes.

The Gunners are struggling in both the Premier League and Champions League this season and were linked with a £30m offer for Cavani, which is well below Napoli’s price-tag.

According to Italian media sources, Arsene Wenger has instead set his sights on cheaper options in Serie A.

Alvarez is spending most of his time on the bench at Inter and has suffered from several injuries, putting the 24-year-old on the transfer market.

He was signed from Velez Sarsfield in July 2011 after being very close to joining Arsenal, so this would be a renewal of their interest in the player.

It is also rumoured by TMW that Arsenal are interested in veteran Milan defender Mexes, the former French international who has not impressed this season.

AC Milan lose injured Bonera
14.11 || webmaster

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AC Milan stopper Daniele Bonera is facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the loss to Fiorentina.

The club have today confirmed that the defender suffered a muscle strain to his right thigh in the 3-1 defeat.

Bonera will undergo further scans in two weeks to assess his injury further. It is thought that he could be back in action in 21 days.

The 31-year-old has played in nine Serie A games so far this season.

Pato on AC Milan, penalties and fans
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Alexandre Pato looks ahead to Napoli-Milan, explains why he took the penalty and denies he was attacked by angry fans.

The striker sat down with Milan Channel just days after a 3-1 home defeat to Fiorentina in which he blasted a penalty over the bar.

“The game didn’t go the way we expected and unfortunately we lost three points at home, but now have to focus on Napoli,” said The Duck.

“I can say we are growing, but cannot keep throwing points away like this. On Saturday we have a very important match with Napoli and must think about winning it.

“I am disappointed at missing the spot-kick, but I am a penalty taker and so am not afraid to miss. If I should find myself on that spot again in future, maybe even against Napoli, I would not pull back.

“I put all of myself into it. Unfortunately the ball went out, but I cannot say I gave it less than 100 per cent, as I practiced it in training.”

Pato was jeered off the field after that miss and substituted at the break, but there were reports he was even surrounded and harassed by angry fans after the game.

“It is impossible not to hear the whistles of the fans and I agree with them, as I know how tough it is for fans accustomed to great victories and important trophies. We are in a growth process and many champions left, so we are doing our best. I’m sure they are close to the team and will never leave us.

“I read someone claimed the fans attacked my car when I was in it, but that’s just not true. I left San Siro the way I usually do and criticism is understandable, but not when they make stuff up.”

Pato missed almost an entire season with muscular problems and has just returned to the field, but is lacking match fitness and sharpness.

“I am back after a long time, but in a way I never left. I have always been here working hard and am back playing on the pitch, which is what makes me happy. When I reach 100 per cent, everything will be fine.

“To those who say I am scared of hurting myself again, I reply that they don’t know me. The only time I was ever afraid was when I was 10 years old and risked losing an arm.

“I have never felt so calm, as I am working well in a great squad with marvellous fans.”

Emanuelson: AC Milan back at square one
13.11 || webmaster

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Urby Emanuelson has admitted that the there is a 'heavy atmosphere' around Milan after their poor start to the season.

The Netherlands international has been almost ever-present in the Rossoneri's starting XI so far in the campaign, but has conceded that they are 'back to square one' after their 3-1 loss to Fiorentina at the weekend.

“We are in a difficult situation at the moment,” he told “It seemed that we were getting better after a really poor start, but now we're back to square one.

“The team feels the pressure, as does the Coach. And that aggravates what is already a heavy atmosphere around the club.

“Our biggest problem is we don't have a solid base of players. Three or four always play, and the rest just rotate around them.”

Allegri rant revealed
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Massimiliano Allegri's relationship with the Milan players looked to be disintegrating after reports surfaced of his rant after the loss to Fiorentina.

The Rossoneri lost 3-1 to Vincenzo Montella's side at San Siro on Sunday, and the 45-year-old tactician looks to finally be losing patience with his squad after they sank to their sixth defeat in 12 games.

“If you wanted to prove that you are all against me,” Gazzetta dello Sport report he said after the final whistle. “Then you did it.”

The club's Vice-President Adriano Galliani publicly backed the manager at the weekend, but rumours of a proposed approach for former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola have gathered momentum over the past few weeks.

Raiola: Balotelli staying at Manchester City
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Mario Balotelli is again being linked with both Milan clubs, but his agent insists the striker will stay at Manchester City.

The Italian’s future has been placed into some doubt after he was dropped from the squad for the win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Milan are long-time admirers of the Azzurri striker, while former club Inter are also monitoring his situation.

However, speaking with the Independent, Mino Raiola outlined that the player is contracted to City until June 2015.

“There's no Italy and no plans to go there,” the representative commented. “He'll work until the end of his contract. He doesn't want to leave.

“The Spurs game? There's no player happy with not playing in a match, but he accepts it. It's all part of the game.

“It doesn't mean he wants to leave Manchester.”

AC Milan deny Pato - fans clash
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AC Milan have dismissed widespread reports in the Italian media that fans hassled Alexandre Pato after the loss to Fiorentina.

Stories this morning claim that the striker was surrounded by angry supporters as he attempted to drive away from the Stadio Meazza.

The Rossoneri lost the game 3-1 in a match that saw the Brazilian miss a penalty in the first-half at San Siro.

Deschamps on Pogba and Mexes
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France boss Didier Deschamps has explained why the Serie A based duo of Paul Pogba and Philippe Mexes are currently not part of his plans.

“Calm is needed surrounding Pogba,” the former Juventus midfielder and Coach told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He’s young, he certainly has quality and he has really interesting potential,” he said of Juve’s 19-year-old.

“I’m following him, but he has to play more games. And it is obvious that the competition for places in Turin is tough.

“I still haven’t spoken with Juventus boss Antonio Conte, but playing 25 games for Juve counts for more than 40 with a smaller club.

“Pogba, though, represents the future of France as Raphael Varane does at Real Madrid.”

Deschamps also touched upon the exclusion of Milan centre-back Mexes. “Despite his age and experience, he isn’t a first team regular for the Rossoneri.

“However, I know his qualities and he could return.”

France take on Italy in Parma on Wednesday night.

Pato jeered by AC Milan fans
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Alexandre Pato was surrounded by angry Milan fans as he tried to leave San Siro on Sunday following the 3-1 loss to Fiorentina.

The Brazilian had a day to forget as he missed a first half penalty and he was subsequently replaced by Giampaolo Pazzini at half-time.

As he tried to drive out of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, he was forced to stop by a small group of Diavolo supporters who had gathered outside of the arena’s garage gates.

Reports suggest that he was verbally insulted and jeered.

The 24-year-old has had a difficult start to the season where another injury has restricted him to just one goal in six games across all competitions.

Robinho returning to Santos?
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Santos Coach Muricy Ramalho has confirmed that the club are in on-going talks with Milan forward Robinho.

The 28-year-old has suffered frustrating season at San Siro, starting just one League game, and the Peixe boss has admitted that the Brazilian side are looking to re-sign the striker.

“We are continuing to talk with Robinho,” he told Brazilian reporters this afternoon. “It is not a good time for him, and that can only be good for us.

“He has not been given many opportunities by Massimiliano Allegri, so we're hopeful.”

A deal between the two clubs is likely to go on for some time, as the Rossoneri look to hold out for €15m whilst the Sao Paolo side have a limit of €10m to sign the player.

Robinho joined Milan from Manchester City for €18m and has played 91 games for the Diavolo, scoring 25 goals.

AC Milan confirm faith in Allegri
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AC Milan have insisted that sacking boss Massimiliano Allegri will not magically resolve their problems after yet another defeat.

The tactician’s job was again placed into doubt yesterday following a 3-1 home loss to Fiorentina – their sixth in 12 Serie A games.

“It is obvious that we are not happy,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani commented on Monday afternoon.

“We evaluated everything last night and changing the Coach wouldn't have given us any guarantees…

“Silvio Berlusconi and I had a long talk last night and then we called Allegri at around midnight and told him that we have faith in him.

“We have confirmed Allegri as the Coach of Milan. He has done well in the past two years and this is the decision we have made.”

AC Milan stick with Allegri
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Massimiliano Allegri will continue as Milan boss after the club hierarchy pondered his dismissal overnight.

Allegri’s job has been on shaky ground following a problematic start to the season and the 3-1 home reverse to Fiorentina on Sunday was their sixth defeat in 12 games.

Allegri was last night called to a meeting with President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani to discuss the situation.

After talks, it was decided that the former Cagliari boss would not be sacked.

Berlusconi is expected at Milanello on Friday in a bid to help motivate the squad ahead of the tricky trip to Napoli.

AC Milan silent on Allegri future
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AC Milan’s silence after the latest defeat to Fiorentina suggests Massimiliano Allegri is more at risk than ever before.

The Coach was adamant his team was “not inferior” to the Viola, but today’s 3-1 home loss showed a marked difference in both result and possession.

Unlike after previous setbacks, Vice-President Adriano Galliani has not come out to publicly defend Allegri.

In fact, Galliani has not spoken to the media at all, which is an unusual move. It is rumoured he is waiting to speak with President Silvio Berlusconi before giving any more statements on Allegri’s future.

If he is sacked, then assistant manager Mauro Tassotti is expected to be promoted in his place.

Milan are in 13th place, just five points clear of the relegation zone and 12 points adrift of the Champions League spots.

Allegri: 'AC Milan not inferior to Fiorentina'
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Massimiliano Allegri insists Milan were not inferior to Fiorentina today despite their 3-1 home defeat and defended Alexandre Pato.

The Rossoneri are plummeting down the standings after this setback at San Siro and are now only five points clear of the relegation zone.

“Fiorentina played well and kept possession, but we gifted them two goals from throw-ins. We did not react well and that is unacceptable.

“The Viola ran hard and pressed us around the field, but we were too deep and feel regret because they didn’t really have many chances aside from the ones we gave them.

“It was a fairly balanced encounter. Fiorentina kept possession, but it is chances that count in football.”

Allegri was criticised for picking Pato in the starting XI, especially after the Brazilian ballooned a penalty over the bar.

“Pato had done well on Tuesday, so I thought he would grow and improve by playing more. The problem is that our style of football needs us to run at full speed and playing every three days we can’t do that.

“Sometimes we have to play badly and try to get a result anyway. We ought to avoid the slips in concentration.

“It’s a shame about the results, as we could’ve gone up to sixth place today and did not manage it.”

Serie A: AC Milan 1:3 Fiorentina - match report
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Scorers: Aquilani 10 (F), Borja Valero 38 (F), Pazzini 60 (M), El Hamdaoui 87 (F)

Alberto Aquilani returned to San Siro with a goal, as Fiorentina beat Milan 3-1 after Alexandre Pato missed a penalty.

The Rossoneri are still trying to find their feet, but a 5-1 win over Chievo and 1-1 Champions League draw with Malaga boosted confidence. There’s an injury crisis in defence ruling out Ignazio Abate, Luca Antonini, Djamel Mesbah and Didac Vila, so Kevin Constant and Mattia De Sciglio were the full-backs. Fiorentina were flying high in fourth place, but lost Stevan Jovetic to a thigh injury and Michele Camporese was still sidelined.

The Viola have earned only one away win this season, but did conquer San Siro last term. This was a special game for Riccardo Montolivo and Alberto Aquilani, who were facing their former clubs.

Stephan El Shaarawy cut in from the left to fire just over the bar, but it was Fiorentina who broke the deadlock after 10 minutes.

A throw-in was flicked on twice until the unmarked Aquilani ghosted in to fire home past former teammate Christian Abbiati from 12 yards. His celebrations were somewhat muted out of respect for the San Siro crowd.

El Shaarawy set up Urby Emanuelson, denied by a crucial sliding tackle as he was pulling the trigger, while Luca Toni’s pass to send Borja Valero clear was a touch too heavy.

Facundo Roncaglia had space in the box from a quickly-taken free kick, but hesitated and was shrugged off the ball.

Roncaglia was penalised at the other end moments later, as he went elbow first on to the back of Alexandre Pato’s head and the referee considered it to be a foul. Pato stepped up to take the kick and blasted it well over the bar!

Fiorentina took advantage and made it 2-0 at San Siro, as Borja Valero went on a mazy run through the defence to place an angled drive past Abbiati, but Philippe Mexes put in a completely ineffective tackle. Milan were jeered off the pitch at half-time.

Max Allegri made a double change, introducing Bojan Krkic and ex-Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini. Boateng’s glancing header skimmed the base of the upright as Milan were pouring forward and finally got a goal back.

A corner was not cleared effectively and the Mexes cheeky backheel flick bounced off the back post into the path of Pazzini to tap in from a couple of yards.

The Rossoneri were desperate to turn this around, so threw on every forward at their disposal, but struggled against Fiorentina’s classy possession football.

In fact, Mattia Cassani could’ve added a third for the Viola, but his effort cracked against the upright with four minutes left on the clock after springing the offside trap on a ball over the top down the right.

That was only a warning, as Fiorentina did extend their lead with a stunning Mounir El Hamdaoui goal, controlling and lobbing Abbiati from the edge of the box to steer it into the far top corner. It was his Serie A debut strike.

AC Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Mexes, Bonera, Constant; Ambrosini (Robinho 76), Montolivo; Emanuelson (Bojan 46), Boateng, El Shaarawy; Pato (Pazzini 46)

Fiorentina: Viviano; Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Savic; Cuadrado, Aquilani (Fernandez 65), Pizarro, Borja Valero, Pasqual; Ljajic (El Hamdaoui 56), Toni (Cassani 76)
Ref: Romeo

Missed penalty: Pato 35 (M)

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Fiorentina - lineups
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AC Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Mexes, Bonera, Constant; Ambrosini, Montolivo; Emanuelson, Boateng, El Shaarawy; Pato.

Fiorentina: Viviano; Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Savic; Cuadrado, Aquilani, Pizarro, Borja Valero, Pasqual; Ljajic, Toni.

Prandelli: 'Surprising El Shaarawy'
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Cesare Prandelli names his Italy squad to face France this evening and admits he has been “pleasantly surprised” by Stephan El Shaarawy and Fiorentina.

The Azzurri welcome Les Bleus to the Stadio Tardini in Parma for an international friendly on Wednesday November 14, kick-off 19.50 GMT.

Milan striker and Serie A top scorer El Shaarawy is widely expected to be in the side, as he was not called up for Under-21 duty this week.

“El Shaarawy is a young lad who is surprising everyone,” Prandelli told Rai 2.

“He has been able to bring quality to the football and also done very well in terms of scoring goals.

“Fiorentina are the big surprise of the season so far, as Vincenzo Montella has given them a style of play that is attacking, entertaining and effective.

“I am happy for everyone in Florence,” added the former Viola boss.

El Shaarawy ready for Fiorentina
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Stephan El Shaarawy is in the squad for Milan’s game with Fiorentina, but both first choice full-backs miss out.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri said during his Press conference that El Shaarawy had a tendon problem and would require a fitness test.

The Little Pharaoh is in the 23-man squad, but so is Mbaye Niang just days after he was banned from playing for France due to disciplinary issues.

Both Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonini are injured, as are Djamel Mesbah, Sulley Muntari, Didac Vila and Rodney Strasser.

Milan squad for Fiorentina: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Acerbi, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Zapata, Ambrosini, Boateng, Constant, De Jong, Emanuelson, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino, Bojan, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pato, Pazzini, Robinho

Della Valle: 'Montella under lock and key'
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Fiorentina have reacted angrily to rumours Milan, Napoli and Lazio are eager to poach Vincenzo Montella. “He is under lock and key.”

The stories have been appearing in newspapers over the last few days, as the Coach impressed with his style of football and results taking the Viola to fourth place.

“I really love watching this team, even when they are training,” said patron Andrea Della Valle.

“There’s a long way to go and a lot of euphoria at recent results, but we must remain concentrated. It’ll be tough against Milan tomorrow and the important thing is to keep playing in our style, which has impressed all of Italy.

“Adriano Galliani said he admired Montella’s football and we knew full well he was the right choice. Obviously he is under lock and key, so anything else is just newspaper talk.”

Tomorrow will also see the Viola face Riccardo Montolivo, who left on a free transfer to join Milan after a lengthy and often bitter tug of war over his contract.

“He is a good lad and we even spoke personally. Sometimes agents can say things that are not helpful and it’s best not to create controversy,” continued ADV.

“It all turned out for the best anyway, as he is happy at Milan and we have an excellent squad. His agents managed to take him away from Florence, but I hold nothing against Riccardo.”

Allegri: 'AC Milan - Fiorentina for Europe'
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Massimiliano Allegri again warned Milan fans “it’ll take time to win” and their target is fourth place, which makes the game with Fiorentina a head-to-head for Europe.

The Rossoneri feel they have turned a corner with the 5-1 drubbing of Chievo, but are seven points adrift of the Tuscans.

“Fiorentina are getting results and playing fairly well. They have technically gifted individuals and so like to keep possession. This will be difficult like every other game and one we have to win to climb up the table,” said the Coach.

“We will be ready to play with great intensity. Stevan Jovetic is out, but we have great respect for Fiorentina, as they have David Pizarro, some tough defenders and quick wingers. We must play like a team that knows what it wants.

“As for us, I can confirm that Mattia De Sciglio, Kevin Constant and Daniele Bonera will play. I think Philippe Mexes will be in the middle too. I have a doubt between Massimo Ambrosini and Nigel De Jong, though Antonio Nocerino is also doing well.

“In attack I am considering Alexandre Pato and Giampaolo Pazzini, but of the two I think the Brazilian will start. Stephan El Shaarawy has a little problem with his tendon, so we’ll have to see, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is in great shape and will probably start.”

Allegri remains under fire after a 1-1 Champions League draw with Malaga and inconsistent Serie A results that have left them in 10th place.

“I won’t reply anymore to questions on my situation or the transfer market. We got results in my first two years, it was unthinkable to be top this season with so many changes.

“I started this experience with enthusiasm and will keep it going until my contract expires in 2014, trying to get back to challenging for the top spots. We can have a great campaign and are still in the running for every objective.

“We played so many youngsters in the Champions League and it’ll take time to win, though obviously our ambition is to do so right away.

“At this moment we haven’t resolved our problems and are a long way from the top three. Right now our objective is fourth, fifth or sixth place, then we’ll see as we go on what the situation is. We’ve got to get back on our feet and go through to the Champions League knockouts.”

This is a special game for Riccardo Montolivo, who left Fiorentina on a free transfer in the summer to join Milan.

“He can play football and it’s a shame he was criticised at the start of the season,” continued Allegri.

“It’s only normal that sooner or later a talent will emerge from his negative patch. He’s got brains and has above all grown in terms of character.”

Montella: 'I fear AC Milan'
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Vincenzo Montella is adamant he “fears Milan” despite their poor form and is concerned all the praise heaped on Fiorentina can be counter-productive.

The Viola go into the Sunday afternoon match at San Siro ahead of their opponents in the table and seven points clear.

“The compliments from Milan have certainly pleased us, even though I am afraid all this praise can hurt the team going into tomorrow’s game,” said Montella at his Press conference.

“Milan have great players and can turn a match from one moment to the next. I am concentrated. We’ll see how the team reacts and if we will be mature enough to deserve the compliments.”

Stevan Jovetic is ruled out by a thigh problem and Alberto Aquilani is likely to start on the bench against his former club.

“Aquilani is not fit for 90 minutes yet and it’s a shame about Jovetic, but we can’t do anything about that.

“Mounir El Hamdaoui is starting to get into shape and has lost a few kilos, so I expect great things from him this season.

“Juan Cuadrado can and must do better, even when attacking. We will be facing a great team, after all.”

Montella also revealed why this trip to San Siro is extra special for him, especially with Mauro Tassotti as assistant manager.

“When I was a little boy I supported Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan, but as a professional I only ever cheered on myself.”

Delio Rossi hails Montolivo
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Former Fiorentina boss Delio Rossi has commended Riccardo Montolivo's professionalism ahead of Milan's game against the Viola on Saturday.

The 27-year-old left Florence in the summer on a free transfer after refusing to sign a contract extension with the club, but his ex-Coach has hailed the way in which he performed during his last few months in Tuscany.

“Riccardo is a great professional,” he told Firenze Viola. “I did not like the situation that had surrounded him, but I kept picking him because he has great feelings for Fiorentina.

“He was always a leader in the dressing room, it was just some details on his contract that kept him from staying.”

Montolivo joined Milan during the off-season and has played 10 Serie A games for the Rossoneri, scoring two goals.

Ambrosini pleased with Allegri
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AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini has admitted he is pleased with the club's decision to keep Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The Rossoneri have struggled so far in Serie A winning just four of their first 11 League games, but the 35-year-old has conceded that he is personally pleased to see the former Cagliari man stay at San Siro.

“It has been a difficult time for everyone,” he told Milan Channel. “But the Coach has done a very good job.

“He has been questioned by everyone from outside, but he has remained humble and had the courage to change things around.

“It is good management by the owners. We have always had faith, and the fans have understood.”

Montolivo shows Fiorentina goal respect
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Riccardo Montolivo has admitted that he will not celebrate should he score for Milan against former club Fiorentina this weekend.

“I don’t think it would be right,” he stated. “Not celebrating would be the best way to respect my seven years in Viola.

“It won’t be just another game for me. I was in Florence for some time and I definitely can’t forget that.”

The midfielder joined the Diavolo in the summer on a free transfer and is now starting to make an impact after a difficult beginning.

“I think the turning point for myself was the derby against Inter,” he added. “That was the game where I started playing with more conviction and gave what I always thought I would be able to give with this jersey.

“I’m really happy to be at Milan, a great club, perhaps the biggest,” continued the Italian international.

“I’m playing in the most beautiful stadium in the world and I have no regrets about joining the Rossoneri.”

Montolivo had a difficult final season in Tuscany given that he openly refused to sign a new contract with the Viola.

“I was blamed for a lot of things, but I always gave my best for that shirt,” he explained. “My regret is that I was never able to speak with the club owners, just the directors with whom I had issues with.

“I’m now happy that Fiorentina have been re-born because the city deserves a strong team, but I’m now at Milan and I want to win.”

Gattuso reveals coach dream
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Former Italy and Milan man Gennaro Gattuso has confirmed that he has his eyes on becoming a Coach – but only at the end of his playing career.

“It is my objective to become a Coach, but only in the future,” the 2006 World Cup winner commented.

Gattuso, 34, has also been linked with a return to the Rossoneri following his move to Sion in the summer, but he insists that option is not on the horizon.

“A return to Milan? I certainly won’t abandon this ship,” he added. “I gave my word to Sion officials when I came here.

“I hope to open a cycle at this club and I don’t have any nostalgia for home. Switzerland has, after all, a high qualify of life.”

Why Montolivo left Fiorentina
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One of Riccardo Montolivo’s agents has revealed why the Milan man refused to sign a new contract at Fiorentina.

“In the summer of 2010, Montolivo left for the World Cup after a kind of agreement was reached over an extension,” Carlo Pallavicino told the Corriere dello Sport. “It was a five-year deal worth €2m a season.

“The first alarm bell sounded when fellow agent Giovanni Branchini was at the Viola HQ and he was told that Montolivo would play in front of the defence.

“On his way back to Milan from that meeting, he turned on the radio and heard that Fiorentina had announced the signing of Gaetano D’Agostino – something that wasn’t mentioned to him.

“The relationship cracked from that moment, but certainly not because of D’Agostino himself. The fact is that we lacked a direct contact with the Della Valle brothers.”

Montolivo left the club on a Bosman after making it clear that he wouldn’t sign a new deal in Tuscany.

“Branchini tried to open negotiations with Milan and Atletico Madrid over a transfer, but Fiorentina didn’t want to hear about it…”

Montolivo will take on his former club this weekend.

AC Milan hail Montella's footballing beauty
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has praised the ability of Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella ahead of this weekend’s San Siro clash.

“Montella is very good and he’ll have a great career,” the Rossoneri official commented.

“Montella gets his teams to play good football, the same brand that President Silvio Berlusconi likes and which, since 1987, took us to the top of the world.”

Montella was yesterday linked with a possible move to Milan next summer, but that is dependant on whether Milan are able to hire Pep Guardiola.

The latter is understood to be the club’s first choice tactician for 2013-14, but Galliani continues to deny claims that they are in talks with the Spaniard to replace Massimiliano Allegri.

“If I would have wanted Guardiola then I would have made contact with his agent,” the former Lega Calcio chief added.

France ban AC Milan's Niang
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AC Milan striker Mbaye Niang has received a one-year ban from the French national team at all levels after he went AWOL from a training camp to go clubbing.

The teenager was one of several teammates who received the same punishment while they were on Under-21 duty.

Niang, Antoine Griezmann, Wissam Ben Yedder and Chris Mavinga were also banned until December 31, 2013.

Yann M’Vila has been suspended until June 30, 2014 due to his past record of indiscipline.

In October the players were found in a Paris nightclub when they should have been with the rest of the squad at a training base in the north of the country.

France’s Under-21s were midway through a two-legged qualifying encounter with Norway at the time, playing for a place in the 2013 European Championships in Israel.

Norway eventually went through 5-4 on aggregate, with the players facing no immediate sanction from their Coach Erick Mombaerts.

However, Mombaerts was soon after sacked and the youngsters were all called before the FFF’s Disciplinary Commission late last month to explain themselves,with today the confirmation of their findings announced in a brief statement confirming the bans handed out.

Niang has barely featured for Milan this season and it is widely believed he’ll be loaned out or even sold in January.

Abate out for at least two weeks
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AC Milan will be without Ignazio Abate for at least the next two weeks after he was diagnosed with a thigh strain.

The full-back limped off during the opening minutes of their 1-1 Champions League draw against Malaga on Tuesday.

He had already felt a twinge in the warm-up, but the Coach opted to risk him for the start anyway and his game lasted only a handful of minutes.

Today the club website released a statement confirming a lesion to the right quadricep muscle and more tests will be performed in 15 days to keep track of the injury.

Montella on AC Milan radar
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Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella is the latest tactician being linked with a summer move to Milan.

The future of current Coach Massimiliano Allegri is in some doubt after a problematic start to the season where he has experimented with numerous formations.

Although former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is at the top of their wish-list, the Diavolo will face some stiff competition for the Spaniard.

Zenit St Petersburg Coach Luciano Spalletti is also a possible target, as are former midfielders Roberto Donadoni – currently at Parma – and Frank Rijkaard who is in charge of the Saudi Arabia national side.

However, Montella is today being paired given his quick rise in the Italian game following a brief spell at Roma, Catania and now Fiorentina.

The former striker will take his Viola to San Siro this weekend to face the Rossoneri.

Jovetic not fit for AC Milan match
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Fiorentina’s medical staff have confirmed Stevan Jovetic will not be fit to face Milan, as his injury requires “10 days” out.

The Montenegro international limped off during the 4-1 win over Cagliari and suffered a muscular problem.

“Stevan has a Grade I strain to the soleus muscle, so it has nothing to do with the knee that underwent surgery,” explained chief medic Manetti.

“There is absolutely no chance he could play on Sunday, even if the lay-off will be only 10 days considering the situation is not too serious.

“He has already begun treatment and we can hope he’ll be back in a week.”

Jovetic had initially been ruled out for two weeks.

Agent: Guardiola to AC Milan possible
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The agent of Pep Guardiola has refused to rule out a summer move to Italian giants Milan.

The Spaniard was again paired with the Diavolo yesterday after his brother Pere was at San Siro to watch the 1-1 draw with Malaga.

“He wasn’t there for Pep,” José Maria Orobitg told TMW on Wednesday. “Absolutely not, as I’m his agent – not his brother Pere…

“Guardiola's brother was in Italy yesterday because Malaga were playing against Milan and he represents many of the Malaga players. He was only there to watch a football match.

“Pep to Milan? Everything is possible for next season and I've already said this before. I always speak with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani and he's always very kind.

“The relationship between us is good. Who knows what will happen in the future…

“The doors are open for Milan, just like they are open for Manchester City, Chelsea and so on,” he continued.

“Pep will listen to offers and then he will evaluate them. But so far we haven't talked about Milan, which is also because Guardiola won't be coaching until next term. We will talk about his future again in June.

“I won't exclude anything, but when I say that everything is possible, then I'm also referring to Manchester City, Chelsea and other important clubs.”

Guardiola has decided to take a year out of the game after turning Barcelona into European and world champions.

Niang to be sold?
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AC Milan will reportedly listen to offers for teenage striker M’Baye Niang during the January transfer window.

The teenager, just 17, joined the Diavolo in the summer from Caen for a fee believed to be around €2m.

However, after just one substitute appearance in Serie A, the San Siro giants are ready to show him the door.

A move to England could be on the cards as the forward was being linked with Arsenal, Spurs and Everton before his move to the peninsula.

AC Milan on Cigarini
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AC Milan are monitoring the progress of Atalanta midfielder Luca Cigarini, his agent has confirmed on Wednesday.

“Cigarini is doing really well and he is being followed by a lot of clubs,” Giovanni Bia told TMW when asked about his client.

“At this moment in time he is happy to be at Bergamo and he is just thinking about doing as well as possible for Atalanta.

“Who is following him? Perhaps Milan are the team who are monitoring him more than the other outfits right now.”

The playmaker, born in 1986, actually belongs to Napoli. He spent the 2010-11 season on loan at Sevilla and the following campaign at Atalanta. That latter loan was renewed in the summer.

AC Milan dismiss Guardiola links again
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AC Milan have released a brief note on their website again dismissing reports that they held talks for Pep Guardiola on Tuesday.

“Despite the denials of yesterday, there are still claims of a meeting between myself with family members or agents of Mr Pep Guardiola,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani stated.

“I repeat that I have never met any of these people and I challenge anyone to prove the contrary.”

Speculation is suggesting that Milan are hoping to bring in Guardiola next summer, in place of Massimiliano Allegri, at the end of his season-long sabbatical.

Guardiola, a former player with Brescia and Roma, is set to return to the game for the 2013-14 campaign.

Clubs in England are also thought to be very keen on the former Spanish international playmaker.

De Sciglio happy for Pato
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Mattia De Sciglio is delighted with Alexandre Pato after he scored his first goal of the season for Milan.

The Brazilian netted in the 1-1 draw against Malaga on Tuesday which kept his side in the Champions League.

“We’re happy for Pato who has gone through some tough times,” the young defender noted. “We know he’s back and that we can count on him.”

The Rossoneri fell behind at the Meazza on Tuesday, but the South American responded to get his side a point.

“We’re aware that we played a good game against a strong team that caused us problems in the first leg too,” De Sciglio continued.

“We know that to get through the group stages we’ll have to battle in Belgium now against Anderlecht.

“We created a lot in the first half hour and we’re getting better in front of goal too. We’re growing from a gameplay point of view.”

Milan are next in action in Serie A against Fiorentina this weekend.

Bonera thinking about Anderlecht
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AC Milan stopper Daniele Bonera has underlined that the Rossoneri will be going for victory at Anderlecht in their next Champions League game.

The second-placed Rossoneri are just a point ahead of the Belgians in Group C after the 1-1 draw at San Siro against Malaga on Tuesday.

“The next two games against Anderlecht and Zenit will be tough,” the defender noted. “We have to win in Belgium…

“I think that the team has got some trust back in itself and we were lacking that earlier this season,” the Italian added.

“We played well against Malaga and it was a shame about the goal conceded which complicated matters, but all in all we did well.”

The Diavolo are next in action this weekend when they entertain a rejuvenated Fiorentina at the Meazza.

“Fiorentina are a great team with a good Coach in Vincenzo Montella. They’ll come to play their game, but Milan are in good form.”

Pellegrini laughs off AC Milan links
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Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini celebrated qualification for the Champions League group phase and laughed off links with a future at Milan.

“It was important to achieve qualification tonight and especially in such a world famous stadium against a great team,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the 1-1 San Siro draw.

“We spoke with the players and decided it was best to score the goal in the first half, then after the break we controlled well until Pato’s goal. We knew just what quality he has and what he can do.

“Milan were able to control the tempo of the game, but they did not create that many opportunities.”

Pellegrini is one of the candidates for the Milan bench next season, along with Pep Guardiola and Luciano Spalletti.

“I want to do well at Malaga,” he smiled when asked about the reports. “I want to get back up the Liga table where we are in eighth place, as to play in the Champions League next season too we have to do well domestically. Of course, we hope to do our best in this European journey.”

Allegri: 'Malaga were clinical'
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Massimiliano Allegri reveals why he made some surprise substitutions and how he approached Malaga, as Milan face “a fight to the end.”

The Rossoneri earned a 1-1 draw to stay second in their Champions League group, but are only one point clear of Anderlecht and two from Zenit.

“It’s a battle for the final two games. Right to the final match with Zenit everything will be in the balance, but that was always going to be the case regardless of tonight’s result.

“Champions League games are always difficult, especially against Malaga,” said the Coach.

“We had to keep the tempo up, just as we did in the second half, though paradoxically when playing with less intensity we created more chances.

“The lads had a good game and we made some mistakes after the break in our passing, which can happen. We ought to be more precise. In the first half we did very well on the right side, while on the left Stephan El Shaarawy was too static and gave them more reference points.

“The team is improving and I was glad to see the intensity in the second half. Let’s not forget we had four lads today who are under 24, so it is a chapter in their growth and maturation.

“Physically we are in good shape and unfortunately Ignazio Abate’s injury meant we wasted a substitution.”

Another surprise change saw El Shaarawy replaced by Kevin-Prince Boateng, much to the irritation of the San Siro crowd.

“He has played so much recently, but there are games where he is not as sharp and might need some rest.”

Alexandre Pato remained on the field and scored his first Champions League goal in 11 months.

“Pato was growing as time went on and this goal will help him to find confidence, as will the fact he played for 90 minutes with good intensity.

“Malaga went into our half about twice after the break. In two games we allowed Malaga three shots on target and they scored with two of them.

“They have great technique in attack and if you don’t press them in their own half, which in the second half we did, then they will put you on the rack.

“I liked Nigel De Jong tonight, as he won back possession and was strong in the one-on-one. He has just arrived in Italy from a League where there was very little focus on tactics, so it takes him a while to adapt.

“Riccardo Montolivo had an extraordinary performance, both with the ball and without it.”

Bojan: 'Point is acceptable'
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Bojan Krkic considers an “acceptable” draw with Malaga and explains his tactical preferences at Milan.

“It was a tough game. We played a great first half and Malaga created that goal out of nowhere just before half-time that caused some tension,” he said of the 1-1 Champions League result.

“We cannot say a draw is good, as we must always win, but let’s just say it is an acceptable point.”

The Rossoneri are continuing to develop the 4-2-3-1 system with Bojan supporting either Alexandre Pato or Giampaolo Pazzini.

“The system is working and we played three pretty good games with it, so I think we should believe in it and keep going.

“You can see the hunger of the players to get the ball and push forward. Of course we have to maintain organised, but it is good to see everyone running into the box.

“I like playing behind the striker. I also like playing as a centre-forward, but I think my philosophy of a centre-forward has always been different to the way it is viewed in Italy.

“I do not have the physical characteristics of a big front man, so in Italy I have the characteristics more for playing behind the forward.”

Montolivo analyses Malaga
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Riccardo Montolivo confirms he is impressed with Milan’s new tactical approach against Malaga, but still had pointers on where to improve.

The Rossoneri held Malaga to a 1-1 draw today, which was enough to send the Spaniards through to the knockouts, whereas Milan have five points, Anderlecht four and Zenit three.

“Apart from Malaga, qualifying is open to any possibility. It will go down to the end,” Montolivo told Sky Sport Italia.

“Malaga caused us problems and that is their style, but compared to the first game we took the initiative and dominated with a series of chances.

“Unfortunately we conceded against the run of play with Eliseu finding that gap. It’s a shame, as we had been doing well.

“Their players moved between the lines and that caused us problems. The Coach told us to be wary of that movement and then set off, so in midfield we had to be more careful than against Chievo.”

Milan adopted the 4-2-3-1 system, which had also been used against Chievo at the weekend.

“I think our best performances this season have been with this system. We have the players to take a different approach too, but right now we need a sense of certainty.

“I believe we still require a faster tempo and a little more initiative in the final third to unlock opposition defences. We had several chances today, but perhaps could’ve done with being a little more precise in our finishing.”

Pato celebrates end of drought
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Alexandre Pato celebrated breaking his drought against Malaga, but insisted it was “not a weight off my shoulders.”

The Duck found the net for the first time this season, having spent almost a year on and off the treatment table, but earned Milan’s 1-1 in the Champions League tonight with a header.

“Is it a weight off my shoulders? No. I am relaxed and just need to play. I am coming back and want to help my teammates, always doing my best and playing for the team,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We need the fans to be close to us, as coming to the stadium and hearing their roar gives you an extra gear.

“At times we might not be doing so well, but we still need the fans. Tonight the supporters were great and stayed with us to the end.

“I think we are growing and have found a good tactical system where we attack consistently. We’re playing fairly well and now just need a victory.

“I dedicate the goal to those who are close to me.”

Galliani: 'No El Shaarawy requests'
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Adriano Galliani shot down reports of Manchester City or Chelsea offers for Stephan El Shaarawy. “Nobody asked for him. We don’t need to sell now.”

The Milan Vice-President spoke to Sky Sport Italia ahead of tonight’s Champions League game with Malaga.

“It’s not true that I met with Pep Guardiola’s brother today. I have never had the pleasure of meeting him at all,” said Galliani referring to the Gazzetta dello Sport rumours.

“I see that he is at San Siro tonight, so will go straight to meet him now!”

El Shaarawy is Capocannoniere in Serie A and there were reports in the English media that Manchester City and Chelsea were preparing offers, perhaps even an exchange with Mario Balotelli.

“Nobody has requested him, I swear. I want to reassure our fans. Milan needed to lower the wage bill and so we sold the top two in that list.

“Our books are balanced and we don’t need to sell now, in fact we are ready to make some investments.

“I hope it won’t take long to become competitive again. We decided to focus on young players and some are doing very well, but the fans must have patience with us.

“The economy has forced this approach upon us and we hope to get back to the top by following this focus on youth.”

Champions League AC Milan 1:1 Malaga - match report
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Scorers: Eliseu 40 (Ma), Pato 73 (Mi)

Alexandre Pato scored his first goal of the season to snatch a 1-1 draw against Malaga that keeps Milan in second place. The Rossoneri are only one point clear of Anderlecht now, though.

The Spaniards were practically qualified for the next phase, but the Rossoneri were looking for precious points after their 1-0 defeat in Malaga. Robinho was only fit for the bench, but Alexandre Pato and Nigel De Jong were chosen ahead of Giampaolo Pazzini and Massimo Ambrosini, while Luca Antonini and Djamel Mesbah were sidelined. Max Allegri stuck with the 4-2-3-1 system that proved so successful in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Chievo. Malaga missed Julio Baptista, Nacho Monreal and Recio, but Sergio Sanchez returned.

Malaga were the only side in the tournament who still hadn’t conceded a goal. Milan had to make a substitution after just six minutes, as Ignazio Abate picked up a muscular problem in the warm-up and the risk did not pay off, so he had to make way for Under-21 international Mattia De Sciglio.

Eliseu’s half-hearted lob could not trouble Christian Abbiati, but at the other end Bojan Krkic nutmegged a defender and unleashed a swerving strike that Willy Caballero brilliantly palmed round the near post. The former Barcelona starlet then got to the by-line and pulled back for Stephan El Shaarawy, who was unlucky to see his shot deflected wide.

Moments El Shaarawy slipped in the box under pressure and Riccardo Montolivo’s follow-up was deflected over.

Another great flying Willy save managed to flap a curling Urby Emanuelson free kick out of the far top corner, as Milan stepped up the pressure. It would’ve been a stunning goal for the Dutchman.

However, it was Malaga who broke the deadlock at San Siro against the run of play. An angled Isco through ball caught out Kevin Constant and allowed Eliseu through for a daisy-cutter past Abbiati into the far bottom corner.

Bojan went on a surging run through the middle, but was closed down by Martin Demichelis when he perhaps should’ve passed to El Shaarawy. Emanuelson then blasted just over the bar.

After the restart Emanuelson’s snapshot was too central and smothered by Willy Caballero, then El Shaarawy turned between two defenders but couldn’t keep the finish on target. Riccardo Montolivo attempted a backheel flick from a corner, but it hit Camacho’s hip.

The Malaga goalkeeper fumbled a cross when colliding with Demichelis, but Constant was unable to take advantage and scuffed the shot wide with his weaker foot. Emanuelson blasted well over, but Massimiliano Allegri prompted jeers of disappointment and irritation from the crowd when he replaced El Shaarawy with Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Another Emanuelson free kick was comfortably into the goalkeeper’s arms, as was the angled drive from substitute Roque Santa Cruz, while Willy Caballero flapped a Philippe Mexes cross out from under the bar.

Milan got their equaliser from a touched-on corner, as Constant whipped a cross to the back post for Pato’s cushioned header. It was the Brazilian’s first goal of the season and the first Malaga have conceded in the Champions League.

Boateng did well to get in front of Jesus Gamez to volley a De Sciglio cross, but again Willy Caballero was ready with a solid catch. Allegri gambled with his final switch, introducing fit-again Robinho for Emanuelson, as Milan’s tails were up.

Boateng got back to intercept a dangerous pass that would’ve sent Eliseu clear on goal at the 87th minute, as the Rossoneri were pouring forward in a desperate bid to secure victory and forcing numerous corners. Constant over-stretched and was limping, but had to continue for the closing stages.

AC Milan 1-1 Malaga

Scorers: Eliseu 40 (Ma), Pato 73 (Mi)

AC Milan: Abbiati; Constant, Mexes, Bonera, Abate (De Sciglio 6); Montolivo, De Jong; El Shaarawy (Boateng 62), Bojan, Emanuelson (Robinho 80); Pato

Malaga: Willy; Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Sergio Sanchez; Camacho, Iturra (Toulalan 75); Joaquin (Seba 82), Isco, Eliseu; Saviola (Santa Cruz 69)

Ref: Webb (ENG)

Champions League: AC Milan vs. Malaga - lineups
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AC Milan: Abbiati; Constant, Mexes, Bonera, Abate; Montolivo, De Jong; El Shaarawy, Bojan, Emanuelson; Pato.

AC Milan bench: Amelia, De Sciglio, Yepes, Boateng, Ambrosini, Robinho, Pazzini.

Malaga: Willy; Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu; Camacho, Iturra; Sergio Sanchez, Joaquin, Isco; Saviola.

Malaga bench: Kameni, Onyewu, Toulalan, Duda, Portillo, Seba, Santa Cruz.

AC Milan deny Guardiola meeting
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AC Milan have formally denied reports Vice-President Adriano Galliani met with Pep Guardiola’s brother today, though he will be at tonight’s game with Malaga.

Pere Guardiola is in Milan today and spent several hours at the Giannino restaurant where Galliani often conducts business.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claim it was so he could meet with Galliani along with the former Barcelona manager’s assistant Manuel Estiarte.

However, other suggestions are that Guardiola was there to discuss other transfer issues with Italian-based figures, as he is an agent.

Milan rushed out a statement denying Galliani had “met with family or agents of Mr Guardiola.”

However, he will be at San Siro this evening for the Champions League match between Milan and Malaga, so the Press is going to be eagle-eyed for any pictures of him seen with Galliani.

The ex-Barcelona Coach is still on his Sabbatical and is also wanted by Chelsea.

Isco: Playing at San Siro is a dream
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Malaga midfielder Isco has admitted that playing at San Siro is a dream come true, ahead of his team's match with Milan.

The Spanish side travel to Lombardy to face the Rossoneri in Champions League Group C on Tuesday, and the 20-year-old wunderkid has admitted that stepping out on to the turf at Giuseppe Meazza will be an ambition realised.

“It is clear that from a historical point of view, this is one of Malaga's biggest games,” he told Marca. “And to play at San Siro is the dream of any player.

“We hope to be up to the challenge and play a good match.”

Manuel Pellegrini's men have been sensational in their debut European campaign, topping the group after three games, without conceding a goal.

Milan meanwhile, sit in second place five points behind the La Liga team.

'No Italian clubs interested in Perin'
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Pescara goalkeeper Mattia Perin has not been contacted by any of Italy's major clubs, according to his agent.

Contrary to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport this morning linking the teenager with a move to Milan in the summer, his representative has confirmed that no Italian clubs have been in touch about a move.

But, he has conceded that a number of foreign clubs are interested in the Delfini shot-stopper.

“Mattia is doing well this season, so it is normal to see these reports,” Moreno Roggi told Gazzetta Giallorossa. “But it is still early to talk about the transfer market.

“There have been many teams that have shown an interest, but as yet, no one has contacted us directly.

“I can say though, that the teams interested are foreign and not Italian.”

Perin is on-loan at Giovanni Stroppa's side for the season, from parent club Genoa, so far playing 10 Serie A games and conceding 17 goals.

Galliani backs Allegri
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Coach Massimiliano Allegri has the club's full support.

The Rossoneri have struggled so far this season, claiming just 14 points from 11 Serie A games, but the 68-year-old CEO has admitted that the former Cagliari man will remain in his post for the foreseeable future.

“We have always defended Allegri,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “Even in the most difficult of times. The Coach has our full support.

“I do not see why we have to talk about his future. Allegri has another year on his contract, and has the desire to stay.”

He also commented on the Champions League match against Malaga on Tuesday.

“The match with Malaga will be an important one for us,” he said. “Important, but not decisive.”

AC Milan go on the attack
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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri looks like he will field an ultra-offensive starting XI in their Champions League tie against Malaga this evening.

The tactician is set to simultaneously start with Bojan Krkic, Stephan El Shaarawy and Alexandre Pato in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Daniele Bonera and Philippe Mexes are being tipped to get the nod in the centre of defence, while Massimo Ambrosini should be preferred to Nigel De Jong in midfield.

AC Milan possible: Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Mexes, Constant; Ambrosini, Montolivo; Emanuelson, Bojan, El Shaarawy; Pato.

Eliseu plots AC Milan downfall
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Malaga are taking on Milan at San Siro with the intention of making it four wins from four in the Champions League, says Eliseu.

“We need a point to qualify, but we always go out to win and that’s what we intend to do on Tuesday,” the Malaga man noted.

“We are playing to try and win all three points.

“We have no pressure. However, I want to win and it is a very important game for us and for the future of the club.

“We will try to win, but the pressure is on Milan. They are behind us, playing at home and will certainly go out and try to win as a great club and the great team that they are.

“The defeat to Rayo has passed. We were superior, played a great game and now we cannot think about that.”

The midfielder is aware of Italian football given his brief stint at Lazio in 2009-10 – and he is looking forward to playing at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

“It is one of the most beautiful stages in which we could play in the first phase. It is a very important field. Playing at San Siro is special, but we cannot look at the environment.

“It is a very nice stadium, but we want to win.”

AC Milan ready to make Perin move
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AC Milan are ready to make Genoa an offer in a bid to sign 50 per cent of Mattia Perin’s contract, reports the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Perin is a 19-year-old goalkeeper who is currently spending this season on loan with Pescara.

Widely regarded as a custodian of the future, the Diavolo are apparently very keen on the youngster’s signature.

The Rossoneri are said to be willing to offer €5m to the Marassi outfit for the player’s co-ownership.

Perin, who has also been linked with Manchester City, is contracted to the port club until the summer of 2015.

New deal for El Shaarawy
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AC Milan are set to tighten their grip on talented youngster Stephan El Shaarawy by offering him a new contract.

The 20-year-old is the Serie A top scorer this season after bagging eight goals in 11 games for the struggling Diavolo.

The Gazzetta dello Sport is today suggesting that the former Padova and Genoa man will be offered a renewal until 2018.

As part of the move, El Shaarawy will see his annual salary rise from €0.8m a campaign up to €1.2m.

El Shaarawy, apparently being watched by Manchester United and Real Madrid, is now a full Italian international.

Monaco to contend for Bojan?
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AC Milan are reportedly prepared to try and make Bojan Krkic’s move from Barcelona permanent, but they may face competition from Ligue 2 side Monaco.

The Rossoneri were handed the diminutive Spaniard by Roma this summer, taking up the final year of his loan from Barca and the terms of a possible permanent transfer.

Based on recent performances, which include his first goal scored for the side at the weekend, reports today suggest that the San Siro side are keen to consider buying the player at the end of his deal.

However, it is understood that this would only be through negotiations with Barca, rather than through honouring the initial fee agreed that is believed to be around €15m.

With this course of action projected, it is also rumoured, through Calcionews24, that Ligue 2 side Monaco, currently coached by Claudio Ranieri, are another side interested in entering negotiations for the youngster.

Galliani: November is important
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Adriano Galliani has warned that Milan still have a long way to go before they can declare themselves ‘back’, with November now a ‘fundamental month’.

The Rossoneri convincingly defeated Chievo 5-1 at the weekend, but Vice-President Galliani chose to follow on from Coach Massimiliano Allegri’s words of ‘regained confidence’ with a warning that the work has only just begun.

“The month of November is very important. There are six fundamental games between the League and Champions League that will allow us to move up the tables,” Galliani told reporters today.

“We are still far behind, we are 10th in the League, we must rise. It will not be easy, but we have to try.

“Tuesday’s game with Malaga is a major challenge because if we win we would take a major step forward towards qualification.

“In the League we have collected seven points from our first eight games and as many in the last three… Our performance needs to improve, it will take time and we are still very far away.”

Galliani was asked his view on the refereeing controversy to come out of the weekend’s match between Juventus and Inter.

“Many thoughts passed through my mind…Tagliavento was the referee last season for the Scudetto match between Milan and Juventus and he was the referee for the possible Scudetto match this year between Juventus and Inter… But who puts him in charge, every time?

“Did Vidal’s goal remind me of Muntari’s? Now that I will never forget…”

The Vice-President, who issued a hands-off to Manchester City for Stephan El-Shaarawy, returned the favour with some speculative comments on their forward Mario Balotelli.

“It is true, I love him madly, even if it can also be said that not every love in life can have a happy ending.”

Jovetic out for two weeks
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Stevan Jovetic has been ruled out of action for up to two weeks for Fiorentina after sustaining a grade I muscle injury in the weekend.

The Viola star sustained the injury during his side’s weekend win at home to Cagliari and tests today have revealed that it is a grade I tear that will require up to 14 days to recover from.

It means that the Montenegrin, who has six goals and three assists to his name already this term, will miss his team’s next two fixtures against Milan and Atalanta.

The news was confirmed via a brief statement posted on Fiorentina’s official website.

Allegri: 'We are gaining confidence'
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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri believes Saturday's victory over Chievo can spur them on to beat Malaga in the Champions League.

The Rossoneri defeated Eugenio Corini's side 5-1 at San Siro, and the 45-year-old Coach is of the opinion that the resounding win can kickstart their European campaign against the Spanish side tomorrow.

“Malaga are a great passing team,” he told a Press conference. “They are a team with great technical qualities as they showed against us in the first game.

“But I think the win against Chievo will be an important one for us. They had put us in a difficult position for the first 15 minutes, but my team recovered well.

“We are a team that's gaining confidence. Playing at San Siro is never easy, but my young players are proving their quality and getting used to the experience of winning there.”

He also commented on the options he has available for the game, and confirmed some of the starting XI for the match.

“Iganzio Abate and Kevin Constant will be the full-backs tomorrow, but I'm yet to decide on who will play at centre-back,” he said. “We will play with two defensive midfielders – Ricardo Montolivo will be one, and then other will be either Massimo Ambrosini or Nigel De Jong.

“There won't be many changes from the team that played Chievo.”

Emanuelson: 'It was like starting over again'
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AC Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson has described the impact losing some of the club's best players had over the summer.

A host of world-class players departed San Siro during pre-season, and the Netherlands international has claimed it was 'like starting over again'.

“A lot of legends left us,” he told BBC Sport. “Some players who had played 10 or 15 years at the club – so of course it was difficult.

“It was a lot like starting over again. And then when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva left, obviously that had a huge impact on our team.”

He also commented on his relationship with countryman Clarence Seedorf, who left to join Botafogo in the off-season.

“The players who left were very, very important to me,” he said. “They helped me a lot in my first year here when it was difficult because I had more of a feeling that I was all by myself.

“It was difficult. I had played at Ajax for 17 years and everything in Milan was new. It was my first time out of Holland in a new city, new club, new people, new food.

“I knew I had to move to become a better player and Clarence helped me a lot from the beginning. I knew him already because our families know each other, and when I came to Milan, he was like my big brother.

“He was always watching out for me and very friendly, but also hard on me when I felt I had to do things better.

“I think it helped me a lot that those kind of players were around me when I was new here.”

The 26-year-old then went on to remark about the Rossoneri's poor start to the season and his own personal performances for the club.

“I know we are in a difficult moment but I feel I can be important for the team and I just want to help.

“I feel that people are expecting more from me now. I want to show I can make Milan better. That is the part that makes me a better player than when I was at Ajax – I have a lot more confidence now.

“There are two sides to our current situation. Of course we feel the pressure from the supporters to do better. People still expect great things from Milan because this is a great club with a great history.

“I think we are the biggest club in Italy.

“But it also feels like an adventure. It is like a new goal – we are building a new team. We have to work really hard but I am not afraid of what lies ahead.”

The Netherlands international concluded by praising Coach Massimiliano Allegri and the team spirit being perpetuated.

“He is dealing with it in a good way. He is very calm and works with us every day.

“It is normal that journalists attempt to get us down but it only makes us stronger. We are growing, we are together. From the Coach to the players and the assistant to the physios – everybody is sticking together.

Balotelli - El Shaarawy swap?
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Source: Football Italia

British newspapers report that Manchester City want to exchange Mario Balotelli with Milan hitman Stephan El Shaarawy.

The Sunday People has the claim this morning, suggesting it would be the right way for the Rossoneri to bring avowed Milan supporter Balotelli ‘home’ to San Siro.

However, SuperMario has repeatedly confirmed he wants to remain in the Premier League and City will think twice before releasing a player who cost £24m in the summer of 2010.

Even more importantly, El Shaarawy has rapidly become a fan favourite and is also a lifelong supporter of the Rossoneri.

The Little Pharaoh cost a total £20m from Genoa and only turned 20 last week, but is the current Serie A Capocannoniere with eight goals this season.

It is highly unlikely that Milan would part with their latest talent, especially after angering the fans by selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Antonio Cassano this summer.

Serie A: AC Milan 5:1 Chievo - goals/highlights
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Allegri: 'AC Milan deserved this'
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Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri believes Milan “deserved a night like this” after their 5-1 hammering of Chievo.

“The team played well from start to finish. Technically and physically we were in good shape and above all every player was at the disposal of the squad. It’s an important thing to choose the right Milan,” said the Coach.

“After a crisis period, we really needed a night like this and deserved it too. We still have to improve in some aspects, but we’re on the right track to do something good in a season that did not start well.

“So far we have been penalised by absences, though of course I too made mistakes. I also made them in the year we won the Scudetto.”

Allegri was asked about reports he is being lined up as the next Coach of Napoli if Walter Mazzarri leaves in the summer.

“I will not talk about Napoli. I’ll only say that I am happy at Milan and want to respect my contract. Now let’s concentrate on getting through to the next phase of the Champions League.”

Galliani: 'Nesta return unthinkable'
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Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani warns Milan fans that Alessandro Nesta’s January return is “unthinkable” and has faith in Alexandre Pato.

“It’s unthinkable, despite his quality, that a 37-year-old player could return. A wonderful era has ended and we must begin again helping to grow the youngsters.

“Is Stephan El Shaarawy the best young player in Milan’s history? Let us not forget Paolo Maldini… Stephan is a great player, but we must not put too much pressure on him.

“As for Pato, he didn’t have a single injury in his first two years. Looking at his recent training sessions, he seems to be back to his old self. Here’s hoping!”

Galliani was also asked about the Rossoneri’s ambitious for the current campaign after a disastrous start.

“Third place is a long way away….”

Serie A: AC Milan 5:1 Chievo - match report
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Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Emanuelson 16 (M), Pellissier 18 (C), Montolivo 36 (M), Bojan 41 (M), El Shaarawy 75 (M), Pazzini 93 (M)

Milan might’ve found their breakthrough in a 5-1 victory over Chievo, including Bojan Krkic’s first goal for the Rossoneri and Stephan El Shaarawy on target again.

Massimiliano Allegri was under fire for tactical changes against Palermo, so shelved the three-man defence in favour of a new 4-2-3-1 with Giampaolo Pazzini and Bojan stepping in. Daniele Bonera was suspended and Luca Antonini injured, so Kevin Constant was used as a make-shift left-back, while Christian Abbiati returned in goal after a respiratory infection. Chievo missed Bostjan Cesar, Alberto Paloschi and Lorenzo Squizzi, but Sergio Pellissier was fully fit and Paul Papp thrown into a very defensive line-up.

Chievo had lost their last 11 consecutive Serie A meetings with Milan, failing to score more than a goal per game.

Pazzini ballooned an early opportunity well over after a Chievo defensive error, while El Shaarawy’s long-range effort was too weak to trouble Stefano Sorrentino.

Milan broke the deadlock with Urby Emanuelson, as Marco Andreolli cleared a deflected cross on to his feet and the Dutchman wasted no time smashing an angled drive from the edge of the box into the far bottom corner. He was helped by a slight deflection off Boukary Drame’.

However, the celebrations had barely died down when Chievo were back on level terms. Milan again confirmed their poor defending from set plays, as Sergio Pellissier got in front of El Shaarawy for a glancing header at the near post.

A smart idea was ruined when Emanuelson rolled the free kick to the edge of the area, where the totally unmarked Philippe Mexes hit a fresh-air shot.

Perparim Hetemaj drilled wide from distance, but Cyril Thereau’s daisy-cutter was on target and Abbiati got down well to palm it round the upright. Mexes handled in the box, but it clearly bounced off his ankle and on to his arm, so was not a penalty.

Chievo were putting pressure on, but were caught out on the counter at San Siro. Emanuelson pulled back for Riccardo Montolivo, who picked his spot and placed the low right-foot angled drive into the far bottom corner from a couple of metres outside the area. It was the summer signing’s second goal in as many games.

It was still wide open, as Thereau sprung the offside trap and was one-on-one with Abbiati, who parried using his feet at the near post.

Milan extended their advantage with Bojan Krkic’s first goal in a Rossoneri jersey. He scored from roughly the same position as Montolivo, striking a precise finish with the inside of his right foot that took a slight deflection off Dario Dainelli to slip past Stefano Sorrentino’s fingertips at the near stick.

It is also the first time Milan have managed to score three at San Siro this season and El Shaarawy nearly added a fourth on Montolivo’s long pass, but Papp was crucial in charging down the shot from point-blank range.

Massimo Ambrosini blasted off target from distance after the restart. Drame’ was felled by a powerful Ignazio Abate cross that hit him full on in the face, leaving the defender semi-conscious. There were several minutes of treatment before he was stretchered off with a neck brace. It was later confirmed he lost consciousness for 40 seconds and was taken to hospital for a check-up.

Pazzini fired well over from a promising position, then El Shaarawy fired just wide of the upright after a pull-back from the by-line went beyond Kevin-Prince Boateng. Pazzini hit the side-netting at the end of a long passing move.

El Shaarawy celebrated his eighth Serie A goal of the season and confirmed his Capocannoniere status. The striker who turned 20 last week was in the right place to tap in an Abate cross at the back post from a couple of yards, as the Chievo defence did not cut it out.

El Shaarawy tried to set up Boateng too with an inspired cross-field pass from the centre-circle, but the Ghanaian volleyed over the bar. Constant also tested Sorrentino at the near post after a mazy run, then threaded through for Pazzini to set up Bojan and Sorrentino parried with an outstretched foot.

Pazzini got in on the celebration with the last kick of the game, prodding in from a couple of yards after El Shaarawy flashed the assist across the face of goal.

Milan: Abbiati; Abate (De Sciglio 86), Mexes, Zapata, Constant; Montolivo (De Jong 76), Ambrosini; Emanuelson (Boateng 67), Bojan, El Shaarawy; Pazzini

Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey, Andreolli, Dainelli, Papp, Dramé (Stoian 60); Luciano (M Rigoni 55), Guana, Hetemaj; Thereau, Pellissier (Di Michele 71)

Ref: Giacomelli

Serie A: AC Milan vs. Chievo - lineups
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Source: Football Italia

AC Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant; Montolivo, Ambrosini; Emanuelson, Bojan, El Shaarawy; Pazzini.

Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey, Andreolli, Dainelli, Papp, Dramé; Luciano, Guana, Hetemaj; Thereau, Pellissier.

AC Milan eye Lucio bargain
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Source: Football Italia

AC Milan could bring in benchwarmer Lucio from Juventus to solve their defensive problems in January, according to newspapers.

The Corriere dello Sport claims Adriano Galliani has set his sights on another bargain buy for the mid-season transfer window.

Lucio surprised everyone when joining Juventus after terminating his Inter contract in the summer, as many expected him to go abroad.

However, he has barely featured for the Turin giants and there were already reports of a January exit.

Once again, it’s possible the Brazilian will cause an upset by turning down moves to South America or Turkey in order to join another of Inter’s great rivals.

Lucio can play in a three-man defence or four at the back, while he is a non-EU player who would cost close to nothing for cash-strapped Milan.

The preferred target would be Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, but Montpellier are still refusing to sell the defender despite the fact his contract expires at the end of the season.

Montolivo's personalized miadidas Predator Lethal Zones
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Corini: El Shaarawy is extraordinary
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Source: Football Italia

Chievo boss Eugenio Corini has admitted that his side will have to be wary of the threat posed by Stephan El Shaarawy on Saturday.

The Flying Donkeys face Milan at Stadio Bentegodi tomorrow, and the 42-year-old Coach has conceded that the 20-year-old forward will pose his team the greatest problem.

“El Shaarawy is living in an extraordinary moment,” he told a Press conference. “I am expecting a tough match against the Rossoneri.

“They are a good team, but we also have the quality to do well.

“I think Milan have been excellent in the last two transfer windows, it's just the team weren't ready mentally for such huge departures.”

Chievo will be looking for their fourth victory of the season on Saturday, kick off at 17.00 BST.

AC Milan revert back to 4-2-3-1
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Source: Football Italia

AC Milan will play with a 4-2-3-1 against Chievo and Stephan El Shaarawy won’t be rested, says Massimiliano Allegri.

The Rossoneri have used a variety of formations in recent weeks, including a shock 3-4-3 with mixed results.

However, that experiment seems to have been put on ice for now.

“We’ll play with a 4-2-3-1,” the tactician stated this afternoon. “I don’t enjoy changing the system so often, but I’m forced to do that because of the players I have at my disposal.

“I can’t invent roles and I’m forced to change.”

Milan have had a season to forget so far and they have collected just 11 points from the 30 on offer to date.

“Chievo will be an important game that will allow us to get our third positive result in a row. By winning we will be able to stay attached to the train for fourth place.”

One of the few bright points of their campaign to date is the scoring exploits of El Shaarawy, Serie A’s top scorer with seven goals in 10 games.

“El Shaarawy is in good shape,” Allegri noted. “He’s young and one of the few who are scoring. I have to play him.”

Kevin Prince Boateng is back at the disposal of the Coach, while Allegri admitted that Alexandre Pato or Giampaolo Pazzini would start in attack.

“Abbiati will play in goal, Constant and Abate will be full-backs. Mexes will be partnered by Zapata or Acerbi.

“Montolivo will play, with Ambrosini or De Jong. Then Bojan, El Shaarawy, Emanuelson. Plus Pato or Pazzini.”

He also again commented on his future with the outfit given the constant speculation that he is facing the chop.

“I’m in total harmony with the club. We’ll all get out of this moment by staying together. The club has always protected me and we are doing the groundwork for the future.”

Allegri to succeed Mazzarri?
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Source: Football Italia

Napoli are thinking about hiring Massimiliano Allegri if Walter Mazzarri decides to leave at the end of the season.

According to Sport Mediaset, the under-pressure Milan boss is on the shortlist of the Azzurri given the uncertainty over Mazzarri.

The latter admitted recently that he could take a year out of the game once the 2012-13 campaign comes to an end.

Allegri, who appeared for the Azzurri as a player, is set to be available after a problematic start to the new season with the Italian giants.

Another option for the Stadio San Paolo outfit is understood to be Giuseppe Sannino. He was spoken to last summer, but he eventually left Siena for Palermo instead. He was sacked after Week 3.

Age no goal barrier for El Shaarawy
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Source: Football Italia

AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy, who is today being linked with Real Madrid, could become the second youngest Serie A top scorer if he wins the Capocannoniere crown this season.

The forward is currently leading the scoring charts thanks to his seven goals in 10 games for the Diavolo.

Juventus legend Giampiero Boniperti is the youngest single season top scorer thanks to his 27 goals in 1947-48 when he was 19-years-old.

Second in the list is Milan’s Pierino Prati and then Bologna’s Harald Nielsen for their exploits in the 1967-68 and 1962-63 seasons respectively. They were both 21.

El Shaarawy, now a full Italian international, only celebrated his 20th birthday last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Tuttosport is suggesting that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has asked his scouts to check out the talent.

The former Genoa and Padova man, who has an Egyptian father, has shouldered the burden of attacking responsibility following the departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG and Antonio Cassano to Inter.

Nesta set for AC Milan comeback?
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Source: Football Italia

There are surprising rumours that Alessandro Nesta could return to Milan in January during the MLS close season.

The veteran defender left in the summer when his contract expired and has begun a new chapter of his career at Montreal Impact.

According to Sport Mediaset, Vice-President Adriano Galliani is eager to get Nesta back at San Siro for three months while the MLS is on its winter break.

It would not be the first time such a deal has been struck, as David Beckham used his time off from LA Galaxy to play for Milan, while Thierry Henry did the same with NY Red Bulls and Arsenal.

However, only a few weeks ago Nesta gave an interview in which he assured there would be no close season return to Serie A.

“I have already booked my vacation!”

AC Milan trio return to training
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Source: Football Italia

Robinho, Mattia De Sciglio and Kevin-Prince Boateng are back in training for Milan, but Luca Antonini has a thigh strain.

The trio had missed the last few games with injuries, but returned to working with their teammates on a regular fitness schedule today.

It means they could potentially be ready for this weekend’s match against Chievo, particularly Boateng, who was the only one to take part in the game between ranks.

However, Antonini will be out of action for some time after suffering a lesion to the left thigh muscle.

The official Milan website confirmed that Antonini will “undergo further tests in 15 days.”

Constant grateful to Allegri
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Source: Football Italia

AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant has claimed that Coach Massimiliano Allegri has given him confidence.

The Guinea international joined the Rossoneri over the summer on-loan from Genoa and has praised his under-fire boss for giving him an opportunity in the first team.

“Allegri has given me confidence,” he told Milan Channel. “At the beginning I couldn't find a space in the team, but now I've been given that opportunity, I want to take it.

“When I play I always try to give my best. I'm starting to grow into my surroundings, and hopefully I can continue on this positive path.

“I hope the team will be able to recover from its bad start,” he added.

Constant started his first game of the season on Tuesday in the club's 2-2 draw with Palermo.

Nkoulou to Serie A?
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Source: Football Italia

Olympique Marseille defender Nicolas Nkoulou is a transfer target for Milan and Roma, according to reports in France.

The Cameroon international is being tracked by the two Serie A giants are reporting, but they may have to fight off advances from Barcelona, after Tito Vilanova's team were rumoured to be tracking the progress of the 22-year-old.

Nkoulou is contracted to L'OM until June 2015, but according to the website, they will consider offers in the summer of around €18m.

The former Monaco man joined Elie Baup's team in 2011, playing 63 games for the club.

El Shaarawy agent asks for calm
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Source: Football Italia

The agent of Stephan El Shaarawy has urged fans and the media to not put too much pressure on the Milan youngster.

The 20-year-old has been a revelation with the Diavolo so far this term, one of the few positives from the club’s problematic start to the campaign.

However, Roberto La Florio has asked for patience in order for his client to continue maturing at the highest level.

“There shouldn’t be too much noise and clamour about his performances,” the representative commented.

“The boy needs to be left in peace.”

El Shaarawy, now a full Italian international, is the Serie A top scorer this term thanks to seven goals in 10 games so far.

He only scored two in 22 League games for the Rossoneri last season.

January exit for Robinho?
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Source: Football Italia

AC Milan will look to offload Robinho during the January transfer market, reports the Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Brazilian is seen as surplus to requirements at the new Milan after hardly featuring for the Diavolo so far this term.

Injuries have restricted the international to just four Serie A games – and three of those have been as a substitute.

The man born in 1984 is being linked with a possible transfer to Santos, a club whom he has already enjoyed two spells with in the past.

The 28-year-old is tied to the San Siro outfit until 2014. He reportedly nets €4m a season – making him the club’s highest earner along with Philippe Mexes and Alexandre Pato.

Galliani: 'I was angry with Allegri'
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Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani reveals he “cleared up two or three things and made peace” with Massimiliano Allegri after being “angry” at his Milan decisions.

The Vice-President admitted to being irritated by the tactical choices of his Coach in last night’s 2-2 draw in Palermo, which started with five defensive midfielders.

President Silvio Berlusconi was also said to be furious with the approach taken by Allegri.

“We cleared up two or three things and made peace,” said Galliani.

“President Berlusconi has nothing to do with this and is perfectly relaxed. I speak to him every day and know his moods well. I know what he thinks.

“I do not need to be encouraged to get angry, as I can do that myself. I get angry when I see five defensive midfielders.”

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