Allegri salutes victory, targets trophies
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his side were good value for their 2-1 win at Napoli last night. The result handed I Rossoneri sole possession of second spot in Serie A, two points behind leaders Lazio after eight rounds.
"We knew it was not going to be an easy game at Napoli," said Allegri. "We knew we needed a good Milan. Milan deserved the win even though we had many opportunities to kill the game off earlier."
Napoli were a man down for the second half after Michele Pazienza was given his marching orders on the stroke of half-time. Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck to put Milan two goals to the good, before I Partenopei got a 78th-minute lifeline through Ezequiel Lavezzi. The visitors nevertheless held on to claim their fourth successive Serie A win.
"For 40 minutes we played a great match," said Allegri. "But, at this time, it's good that Milan wins difficult games."
The victory was all the more pleasing as it allowed the 17-time Serie A winners to bounce back from last week's 2-0 loss at the Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League. "By winning at the San Paolo, we proved that our defeat to Real Madrid was just an isolated case," said Allegri.
The 43-year-old, who was appointed Milan coach in the summer, has big plans for his team. "This Milan has to aim for the Scudetto," he said.
"Just as we also have to aim for the Champions League and the Coppa Italia. We have a team of 28 players that always has to take aim at achieving the maximum."
Milan will host Juventus on Saturday.