How Will They Line Up: Celtic vs AC Milan
AC Milan attacker Kaka believes the club could ‘kickstart’ their dwindling season with a win over Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday.
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Milan have fallen into the bottom half of the Serie A table after succumbing to a five-game winless stretch capped by a 1-1 draw against Genoa on the weekend.
The club’s recent form slump has heaped pressure on manager Massimiliano Allegri and has seen the atmosphere in the stands turn ugly.
But Kaka believes a win in Europe’s premier competition can go a long way to turning a season of woe into the start of a resurgent Milan.
"This is going to be a very difficult match but, by winning tomorrow, we could kickstart our season,” the 31-year-old said.
"We could even qualify if we win and the other result goes in our favour. This match could be a turning point in our season.
"It's definitely a challenge to put indifferent form and off-field problems to the side.
"We've got to try to have a good season and to do as well as we can on all fronts."
However, heading into the away match against the Scottish champions, Kaka did admit there was a ‘tense’ atmosphere hanging over the squad.
"At this moment, the atmosphere is a little tense,” he said. "But that's not bad sometimes. Sometimes it's a motivation, when you use this tension and pressure.
"We are always under pressure at Milan. We are seven matches now without a win and the pressure to end that bad run certainly gets more and more.
"This is an important match and we have to be mentally ready for it against what will be a difficult opponent."
Meanwhile, Allegri has denied that a failure to beat Celtic would lead him to be shown the door at the San Siro.
"Not at all,'' Allegri answered when asked about the security of his job.