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AC Milan go into Saturday's game at home to Sampdoria on the back of a poor start to the season.

The team are dawdling 10 points behind leaders Roma, yet Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri is not about to panic.

He is confident that the club's standing will have improved by the time Christmas arrives.

``We have got to get better in defence, but also in attack, seeing as we only convert about 30% of our scoring opportunities,'' Allegri said.

``At the moment things aren't going to plan as we have dropped points along the way, but we have everything it takes to get back on track.

``We have conceded too many goals, on average two per game, so we must improve our concentration levels.

``Before Christmas we will be in another position.''

Milan will still be without seven injured players against Sampdoria, and striker Mario Balotelli is unavailable, too, while he serves the second game of a three-match ban.

The team can draw encouragement from their performance in midweek at Bologna.

The Rossoneri trailed 3-1 with five minutes to go before goals from Robinho and Ignazio Abate rescued a point.

The result left Milan in 12th place, with five points from five games.

Sampdoria are even worse off. On Wednesday, they fell 2-0 to Roma for their third loss in Serie A.

The Blucerchiati have taken just two points of a possible 15 and are still searching for their first win.

``I've been doing this job for many years,'' Sampdoria coach Delio Rossi said. ``I know everything depends on results and we will be judged by those.

``But I know that we can come out of this difficult situation.

``We will continue to work hard and improve. I am confident.''

Sampdoria midfielder Antonino Barilla was sent off against Roma and will be suspended for Saturday's game.

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