By Gaia Brunelli
AC Milan should stick with coach Massimiliano Allegri despite their second successive home loss against Atalanta on Saturday evening, according to Alberigo Evani.
Evani, who spent 13 years at San Siro as a player, claims his former side need to unite as a group to overcome their trying start to the season, while they would be making a mistake in firing Allegri, whose future has come under scrutiny due to their indifferent form.
"I don’t believe that sacking Allegri would be the best thing to do," the ex-midfielder explained to Goal.com. "Quite often a change of coach can bring about confusion and it doesn’t make things any better.
"I would say that to sack Allegri would only deepen their problems. At this moment, I believe that Milan just need to be calm, to work hard, and find that spark once more.
"After that, they can get back to picking up good results and the mood will also improve."
He then went onto admit that Milan's form going into tonight's Champions League opener against Anderlecht has simply not been good enough, but the switch of focus to Europe could be just what they need.
"That performance on Saturday was truly ugly, but in Europe I would say that the motivations will be very different," the head coach of Italy's Under-18 and Under-19 teams continued.
"Milan live for the Champions League like no one else, it is a spirit that has been handed down, and I believe that the Rossoneri will not lose on Tuesday.
"But it is necessary to change their attitude, and naturally, there are other solutions. In Serie A there is a lack of order on the field, but the desire to do well is not missing at all."To me, it seems that the players were attempting, at all costs, to win again [against Atalanta] in a bid to show to everyone that they are still a competitive team.
"They took too many risks in their attempts to get all three points. It’s a shame because Milan should be winning their home games and making the most of the San Siro effect that visitors normally feel."
With this in mind, coupled with the departures of several key players over the summer, the former Italy international, who earned 15 caps for the Azzurri between 1991 and 1994, believes it is imperative for Milan to change their approach.
"With the departures of the senators and the sales of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there are no more players with strong personalities," he conceded.
"I think that the only answer to this situation is developing an effective spirit within the group. As a team, they can overcome those obstacles which at first glance may seem insurmountable.
"Then, with the squad being so young, there is a good chance to create a strong harmony on which they can build in order to prevent extreme dips in confidence."I don’t have Allegri's experience, so I will not attempt to give him advice. He knows which buttons to press in these testing times.
"He must attempt to bring back the faith back within the group, because there are players of quality still at the club.
"Football is strange, and these are difficult moments which you need to tackle together with all the positivity at your disposal."
Milan's Champions League fixture against the Belgian outfit kicks off at 20:45CET at San Siro, with full coverage throughout the day on Goal.com.