AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says he can have no complaints about his side’s league position after a 3-2 defeat to Juventus on Sunday night.
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The Rossoneri are languishing in 12th in Serie A with just eight points from the first seven games of the season.
Milan are already 13 points off top spot and 11 off a Champions League qualifying berth, but Allegri says the standings are a true reflection of his side’s current state of form.
“Right now, talking about objectives is impossible,” he said in Gazzetta dello Sport. “The league table says we have eight points and it means we deserve eight points. All we can try to do is get players back from injury and climb the table. We’re going to need time.”
Whether Allegri will be given that time is another question, however, as club owner Silvio Berlusconi had to be talked into confirming the Milan coach after they scraped into the Champions League last season.
Berlusconi is known to favour a move for a former Rossoneri star such as Clarence Seedorf, Marco van Basten or even current youth-team coach Filippo Inzaghi.
“You don’t need to be a scientist to understand that Milan have problems,” Allegri said. “Unfortunately today we got a few decisive things wrong and we’ve been punished.”
Their punishment was also of their own doing, with Philippe Mexes sent off against Juve, and at risk of receiving more than just a one-match ban if television evidence proves that he deliberately punched Giorgio Chiellini in the back in a separate incident.
“It wasn’t a punch,” Allegri said at the post-match press conference. “It was a challenge; he was marking him. There are thousands of incidents like this inside the area. It was just a knock to the back, not a punch, but if you want to say it was a punch, then go ahead and say it was a punch.”
Allegri was visibly losing his patience as his meeting with the media came to an end, and he gave the subject of former Milan player Andrea Pirlo, who found the back of the net on Sunday, even shorter shrift.
“You go on asking the same question over and over again,” he said. “Yes, he’s a champion and he hit some great free-kicks. He didn’t leave Milan because he was rubbish but for various reasons.
“He played a great game today, but it’s pointless going on about the same things after three years, otherwise we need to remember all of the players who left here and did well elsewhere.”