Massimiliano Allegri insists there is “no problem” with Vice-President Adriano Galliani after their public disagreement and chose to focus on Milan’s victory in Bologna.
The Coach hit the headlines yesterday when he warned he was targeting a top three finish, despite Galliani’s assertion he had the squad to go for the Scudetto.
“There is no problem between me and Galliani. We speak dozens of times a day with both him and President Silvio Berlusconi. He said the team has to fight for the title, but that’s not different to what I said, which is the top three places.”
They lost the opener 1-0 at home to Sampdoria, but Giampaolo Pazzini netted a hat-trick on his first start for Milan.
“Pazzini isn’t in great condition, but I am very happy and he held out well for almost 90 minutes. He arrived with enthusiasm and hunger. He has always scored goals in his career, so I hope he continues to do so here.
“We started tonight with two 20-year-olds, who can have inconsistent performances, but will certainly grow.
“There are still some players missing, other new ones who have just arrived, so it will take time, but in general victories do us good.
“It’s strange, as on Sunday we lost a game against Sampdoria that we didn’t deserve to lose, while tonight we took the lead thanks to a mistake from their goalkeeper. In any case, we deserved the victory.
“Kevin-Prince Boateng kept it simple tonight and when he does that he becomes impossible to mark. However, he must learn and understand that he can be an important player for his teammates.”
Nigel De Jong and Bojan Krkic received their Rossoneri debuts as substitutes, but Riccardo Montolivo went off with a thigh injury.
“De Jong is a player of international level, while Bojan may be young but is already experienced. M’Baye Niang is young and has to grow along with the other lads.”
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