Allegri determined to seal Champions League spot

The trainer is eager for the Rossoneri to round off their season by securing third place at San Siro, while refusing to comment on speculation about his future
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has called on his side to defeat Roma on Sunday and book their place in the Champions League.

The Milan giants need just three more points from their remaining two fixtures to stay ahead of Fiorentina and secure third place in the Serie A standings.

And Allegri has asked his men to achieve their objective sooner rather than later against Aurelio Andreazzoli's outfit, after a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.

"I had said 70-71 points and tomorrow we can get it done. We’ll have to be more motivated than Roma tomorrow as the only result we want is the win," the 45-year-old stated to gathered reporters.

"We'll keep on playing as we always do. We've done well at the back in the second half of the season. The squad have won back the fans and there hasn’t been a single game that they didn’t fight to win.

"Third place would help our self-confidence and would give us a good base to start from next season."

Allegri then brushed off the latest round of rumours that Rossoneri president Silvio Berlusconi is unhappy with his work.

"Some of the things said have been untrue, but the fact is, when he [Berlusconi] speaks, it’s always news. The president and I have a cordial relationship, even an affectionate one," he said.

“His jokes are a form of flattery seeing the company that they put me in. [Former Milan coaches Fabio] Capello, [Arrigo] Sacchi and [Carlo] Ancelotti got the same treatment.

"It's a motivation to do well. Our objective is to get to third and then we’ll evaluate everything.”