Allegri tells Milan to cut out mistakes

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has told his team to cut out the errors that cost them in last week's crazy 4-4 draw at home to Udinese.

Milan still top Serie A by four points from Napoli heading into this weekend's games but it could have been more had they secured what appeared on paper a routine home win against Udinese. And Allegri doesn't want a repeat against lowly Lecce on Sunday.

"We made many mistakes and therefore tomorrow's game against Lecce is very important," he said. We need to show that we've overcome our difficulties but this isn't a game in which we can tell if we're great or in crisis. You can see the massive enthusiasm that we have behind us but we have to maintain our equilibrium."

We need to win to guard against an Inter comeback as well as Roma, Napoli and also Lazio.
Massimiliano Allegri, AC Milan coach

Despite creating three goals in two brief substitute appearances since joining the club earlier this month, errant Italy forward Antonio Cassano will have to be content with a place on the bench again.

"Cassano will be on the bench. I didn't hear what he said yesterday but I do know that he's working to the maximum. He'll play more as we see results [from his training] and for sure in three or four weeks he'll be at his best."

Milan may have clear air between them and the pack but Allegri admitted he is worried about a resurgent Inter Milan under his own predecessor Leonardo. Inter may be 11 points behind in seventh but they do have two games in hand and could go third if they win both.

"From now until the Champions League starts again we have six very important games plus the Italian Cup, in which we want to do well," said Allegri. "We need to win to guard against an Inter comeback as well as Roma, Napoli and also Lazio. This year there are more teams challenging for the title than last year."