October 27, 2012
AC Milan v Genoa: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.7||0.6|
|Goals against *||0.8||1.2|
|Last 5 home||D-W-W-D-W||D-W-D-D-D|
|Last 5 away||W-W-L-D-W||D-D-W-L-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: AC Milan | Genoa|
Massimiliano Allegri is convinced he will keep his job and steer AC Milan back up the Serie A table, and through the Champions League group stage, despite another demoralising week.
The Rossoneri boss has endured a torrid start to the new campaign, losing an alarming five from eight league games so far and struggling to register points on the continent.
But ahead of tomorrow night's visit of Genoa, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani insisted Allegri is the man to rebuild the club, with the full backing of president Silvio Berlusconi.
Allegri told Gazzetta.it: "I've never feared the sack, even given the hard times we are going through.
"We are giving our all to climb up the league table and to progress in the Champions League.
"We have to persevere, improve and be a bit more clinical in front of goal.
"The boys have quality and I'm convinced that will see us through.
"Tomorrow will be an important game because we want to give something back to the fans.
"Hopefully that will be the victory that the players deserve for what they have done on the pitch.''
Veteran manager Luigi Del Neri takes control of the Grifone for the first time after replacing Luigi De Canio this week, and Allegri is wary of what the Ligurian outfit have to offer.
"They're a good team, who have good technical players and a coach who puts a lot into arranging his defence,'' said the 45-year-old.
"Our responsibility is to stay patient and not let ourselves down by being too anxious.
"We have to go onto the pitch knowing that we have 90 minutes to secure the win - without being nervous and panicking.
"We have to play a simple game. But we absolutely have to win, and the boys are in good enough shape to do so.''
One player who is not in good enough condition to take part is Holland international Nigel De Jong, who is struggling with a hip injury.
Del Neri might have preferred a simple debut in the Genoa hotseat, and his cause is not furthered by the loss of striker Marco Borriello (ankle) for six weeks.
At his unveiling, the former Chievo boss said: "There is every chance that we can be successful.
"We want to start laying the foundations for years to come.
"We won't overhaul everything straight away but we do need to change the road we are going down.''