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Oct 29, 2012

Bonera not worried by new system

AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri is hoping his side can build on the weekend's victory against Genoa as they prepare to face Palermo in Serie A on Tuesday.

AC Milan defender Daniele Bonera insists he and his team-mates have no problem with playing in a back three, despite recent criticism of Massimiliano Allegri's new 3-4-3 formation.

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Milan first used the system halfway through their 1-0 Champions League loss at Malaga last week, before Allegri opted for it from the start for the first time in the 1-0 win against Genoa on Saturday.

While it helped them bring a run of three consecutive defeats to an end at the weekend, it has been viewed by many as a panic move.

However, Bonera, 31, claims that it was not a knee-jerk reaction as the Rossoneri boss had informed the squad about making the change some time ago.

"The coach wanted to try the three-man defence a while ago, he had already spoken to a few of us about it a while back," Bonera said.

Following the team's recent run of poor results they were ordered to take part in a week-long training camp, something the Italy international denies was seen as a punishment by the players.

"That retreat was an advantage to us, it allowed us to take a lot of components into consideration," he said.

"We certainly didn't view the retreat as a punishment, we saw it as a way to get out of our delicate moment. The game against Palermo will now tell us who we are."

Milan will travel to Sicily for Wednesday's Serie A fixture without Kevin-Prince Boateng and Mattia De Sciglio, both omitted from the squad with a knee injury and a severe cold respectively.

They are boosted, though, by the return of Christian Abbiati and Sulley Muntari, who are both available once again following their own injury troubles.

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