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Apr 8, 2012

Allegri: I don't feel at risk

Massimiliano Allegri has played down speculation his job is at risk if AC Milan fail to retain the title.

• Serie A: Juventus go top
• Allegri denies talk of Berlusconi rift

Milan suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina on Saturday, allowing Juventus to move one point clear at the top of the table as they saw off Palermo 2-0.

Milan president Silvio Berlusconi had indicated he was not entirely happy with the team's performances against Barcelona in the Champions League, and reports in newspapers including La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest Allegri could lose his job unless the Rossoneri win the Scudetto.

However, Allegri told the post-match press conference: "I don't feel that my job is at risk. The club will make their evaluations at the end of the season."

Allegri also believes there has been a clamour for Milan to slip up but says his players have the mentality required to bounce back. "I realised that many, let's say the vast majority, couldn't wait for Milan to lose and we did," he said. "Now we will move forward.

"Nobody expected this defeat, not even us, but we have the character to get back on our feet. It can happen in a season. Don't forget we had a long run-up to go four points clear of Juve, so you do pay for this strain. It's not over yet, though.

"We've spoken too much about the calendar; we need to play match by match. We'll see in mid May who's ahead and who deserves to win."

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