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Allegri: It's not about revenge

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has insisted they are not seeking retribution after again drawing English opposition.

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The Rossoneri, who were knocked out by Tottenham in the last-16 of the competition earlier this year, were paired with Arsenal. The Gunners also eliminated Milan in the knockout round in 2008.

''It's not a question of revenge,'' Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport. ''We know Arsenal, it's a team that plays well. We will have to arrive in February in the best possible condition and without injuries.''

Allegri believes rivals Inter Milan had luck on their side in today's draw in Nyon. Inter were paired with French side Marseille while Napoli face a daunting task against Chelsea.

''From a quality standpoint, Inter has been paired with the easiest opponent,'' Allegri said. ''Chelsea, from a European level, are strong. It will be difficult for Napoli just as it will be difficult for us.

''I don't believe in those that speak of a crisis in English football despite the fact that Manchester United and Manchester City were eliminated early on. City had a difficult group and don't have much experience in Europe. United's elimination was, however, a huge surprise.''

Allegri, whose team finished second in Group H behind holders Barcelona, is aware his players will have to step up their game if they are to go far in the competition.

The Rossoneri won just two of their pool games and have not won on the road in Europe this season - they were held to a 1-1 draw at Bate Borisov and ended the group phase with a 2-2 draw at Viktoria Plzen.

''We will only concentrate in the Champions League in February,'' Allegri said. ''If we make the same mistakes as we did in Prague and in Minsk, it will be difficult to progress.''

The Italian champions are hoping to win Europe's elite club competition for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.

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