Allegri aims for AC Milan festive turnaround

The Rossoneri head coach says that their football is deserving of a better league position and they will try to kick-start their season this weekend

AC Milan’s Massimiliano Allegri has warned that his side need to get more points on the board, starting with Lazio on Saturday and predicted by Christmas they will be in a much better position.

Milan sit in 11th postion with only seven points amassed so far while this weekend’s opposition sit in third with 15 points and Allegri knows it will be a tough match.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Rossoneri's trip to the Italian capital said he hopes to pick up three points.

“I’ve never beaten Lazio with this team. I hope to remedy that. They’re very different from last year. They’re very compact and they concede little space with just one player up front," he told reporters.

“I have no problems with individual players, playing every three days is tough but from this point of view, the players have been great. By Christmas we’ll be in a very different position."

Allegri welcomes Alexandre Pato into the side for the trip to Rome and says that the player is ready both physically and mentally.

He added: “It’s the first call up for Pato since his injury, he’s ready physically and mentally, he’s calm. He just needs to play. He’s been training with a personalized program like last season.

“In his first year, he played from January to June and he scored 15 goals so the problem started last season."

In other team news both Christian Abbiati and Robinho will miss out having been ruled out through injury.

The 45-year-old took time during his press conference to respond to those in the media criticisng his style of play.

Allegri said: “The team is doing well with our system of play and we’ll stick to it. The right attitude is important, as it was against Parma, Zenit and Inter.

“Seven goals is too many to concede from dead balls and we have to improve on that. We’re growing though and we still have the Italian cup and the Champions League as targets.”