The San Siro side is back in action on Sunday in Serie A as they host Chievo, and its boss believes it is favorites in a group of four to claim this season's ScudettoAC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri claims his side's performance in the 3-2 defeat at home to European champions Barcelona on Wednesday night shows it is able to compete with the very best teams at home and abroad.
"We came out of the Barcelona game with a good performance, but we cannot be content with that," Allegri said at a pre-match press conference on Saturday. "It helped our self-esteem and awareness to grow, as we showed we can battle against the top clubs in Europe."
Milan twice came from behind at San Siro but eventually lost out to Xavi's winner in a thrilling match between two of the continent's biggest clubs.
The Rossoneri now switch their attentions back to Serie A action with the visit of Chievo on Sunday night, and Allegri believes they need to cut out some of the errors made against the Catalans.
"Against Barcelona and Fiorentina we played well, but we made some mistakes and need to play more as a team," he added. "Chievo must not be underestimated. They defend solidly and are very dangerous on the counter-attack, so it will not be an easy game. Chievo have beaten Fiorentina and Catania, so we have got to give it our all."
A win on Sunday will see Milan move to within a point of league leaders Juventus, who edged out Lazio 1-0 on Saturday.
"We won [the Scudetto] last year and we are favourites," Allegri said. "But Juventus are also one of the favourites and they showed that with their summer signings. Udinese [second with 24 points, one less than Juve] and Lazio [now fourth with 22] have improved as well and are strong."
Kickoff between Milan and Chievo at San Siro is at 2:45 p.m. ET.
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