Allegri happy with tactics change
Massimiliano Allegri says he will persist with AC Milan's new formation, and believes it could be the key to turning the corner.
The Rossoneri lined up 3-4-3 against Malaga in the Champions League, and despite creating some good openings they were defeated by a single goal. But Allegri saw enough promise in the performance to encourage him to stick with it.
"We played a good game using a 3-4-3 system for the first time and we'll go forward with that," he said. "We conceded a first shot from Malaga after 36 minutes after we created four or five favourable situations in the game.
"We had important chances, the problem is that we didn't take advantage of them. The Malaga goal also came from our first and only defensive error. I can't criticise the players. I'm convinced that with this concentration and with some improvements in the final third, we'll be able to turn the corner.
"I have never feared the sack even if we are all aware about the moment we are going through. We are working hard to get back up the table and qualify for the next stage of the Champions League."
Milan will look to end a run of three consecutive losses this weekend when they face Genoa in Serie A. With pressure mounting, Allegri has called for calm heads and urged his players to stick to the basics in a bid to return to winning ways.
"We need to play with patience so that we are not betrayed by hastiness, we need to go into the game in the knowledge that we will have almost 100 minutes at our disposal to get the win," he added.
"We have to play a simple game, but we have to win, that is an absolute must, and the players are in the right condition to do so. It will be an important match and we want to give the fans and the club a victory which the players deserve for what they are doing on the pitch."
Meanwhile Gigig Deln Neri - for whom the game represents his first match as Genoa coach after only taking charge of the Grifone earlier this week - told those gathered at his own pre-match briefing it is essential to capitalise on the uncertainty of their opponents.
"We must not be passive and have to fight for every ball, to give the impression of always being sure of what we do," he said. "For us it is an important game, it is essential to return from Milan with the points."