Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Allegri denies overhaul

New AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed he will not make drastic changes to the current squad.

The 42-year-old has recently taken the reins of the Rossoneri following the departure of former coach Leonardo, and is currently preparing for the upcoming Serie A campaign.

Milan only finished third in the Italian top-flight last season and were left trailing by local rivals Inter, who went on to win an historic treble.

But despite recent failings, former Cagliari boss Allegri does not think an overhaul at the San Siro is necessary.

He said: "What is missing to close in on Inter? Right now this squad gives plenty of guarantees.

"This team still has a lot to offer, there are players in their 30s but there are also many young players.

"We have all the characteristics and the qualities necessary to do well and achieve important objectives: top three in the league and going as far as possible in the Champions League.

"But conviction is vital for everything. I have a group of players who have won everything but there is still the ambition to do well again.

"It would be presumptuous of me to revolutionise a team that last season was still fighting for the title with six matches left.

"Leonardo did a good job, I can have different ideas and I'll try to bring some different tactics compared to last season.

"The squad is more or less the same as last season but no two years are alike."

Speculation is rife regarding the future of Brazilian attacker Ronaldinho, with suggestions that he could be on his way to Flamengo.

However, following comments from Milan President and Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that the trickster will stay at the club, Allegri also says he wants to keep him.

He added: "I don't think there are any doubts surrounding him, he's world class; although quality is not enough in the modern game.

"To get results you need a group that play as one. Dinho has to make a difference. Of course he needs the support of the team, just as he must put himself at the service of the team."

Source: Sky Sports

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