The Italy international has hailed the strength of the San Siro side and added that they can challenge for the top positions again this term
The Rossoneri struggled in the opening half of the 2012-13 campaign, but eventually bounced back to secure third spot in the table and the right-back has made it clear they are aiming for the top spots again this term.
"It will be a long season and there will be difficult moments where we will suffer, but Milan will always prevail if we act as a team," Abate told Milan Channel.
"We are an amazing group. We are very united and we get on well. Since last year the group has cemented itself a lot and Massimiliano Allegri has squared the circle.
"Our objectives are to remain close to the top teams and then we'll see what happens in the last two months."
Milan kick off their Serie A campaign at the weekend away against Hellas Verona.