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Nov 11, 2013

Massimiliano Allegri refusing to panic

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says the club need only tell him if he is surplus to requirements and he will pack his bags, albeit reluctantly.

Allegri is rebuilding his Milan squad
Massimiliano Allegri's AC Milan side have struggled this season.

Paul: No way through

The under-fire Milan boss has assumed his share of the responsibility for the Rossoneri’s worst start to a season since 1981, although he does not see any reason why he should be relieved of his duties following a goalless draw against bottom-placed Chievo on Sunday.

That result left Milan 11 points behind Serie A’s top five in tenth position, and 15 adrift of third-placed Napoli. The Rossoneri are also just four points above the relegation zone, however, Allegri still believes he is doing a good job.

"I've got no reason to censure myself or the lads," Allegri said. "I'm the coach of Milan and if the club have anything to say, they will let me know.

“I see what the team are doing. They played a good game, creating several chances and of course it's not easy to score against a Chievo side all packed in their own half.

"All we need is to win one game. Let's hope the [international] break allows us to get some players back, but everybody is giving it their all and there's nothing to censure."

Allegri gave a similar verdict after a 3-1 Champions League defeat to Barcelona in midweek, although the results continue to disappoint and the losses are beginning to take their toll -- even if the beleaguered coach continues to see the glass as half-full.

"We played well, just missing some good chances," he told Sky Italia. "We had the game from the Camp Nou in our legs, and it's not an easy situation for us right now."

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani also remained positive after the game, insisting that things could be a lot worse and that the team only missed out on a further two points due to small margins.

"It's not like we've lost 22-0," Galliani said. "We played well and we've got to look at the positives. We haven't conceded and we never risked doing so, but if that shot from Robinho had gone in rather than hitting the post..."

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