Allegri expecting tough Viola test
Milan face a crucial away game at Fiorentina on tomorrow, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri. It is one of three trips that on paper at least give Milan what appears the toughest run-in of the three title challengers.
The Rossoneri must also travel to Roma and Udinese before the season is out and Allegri knows just how important it is to pick up points in these games. "With just seven games left, the match in Florence is vital, I would say the most important at this time of the season," said Allegri. "Of course a good result would give us a great push.
"Fiorentina have great technique and good organisation, they're one of the most in-form teams in the league even though the absence (through suspension) of (Adrian) Mutu is a big loss for them. But we'll still have to keep our concentration high because Fiorentina will play without great pressure to beat us and get an important result for their season."
Milan will be boosted by the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the last two games, but will have to make do without centre-back Alessandro Nesta. That means Robinho will make way for the big Swede, who will play alongside Pato with Kevin-Prince Boateng in the hole behind the pair, while Mario Yepes will come into the heart of the defence.
But despite their playing Fiorentina, Allegri couldn't help but cast an eye over their closest rivals Napoli, who play away to Bologna, and their coach Walter Mazzarri. "He's doing well, he's always getting the results agreed with his club and I've got nothing to add," said Allegri. "I hope that stops so that we win the league."
Milan lead Napoli by three points with champions Inter Milan another two points further back.