Robinho and Pato crucial to AC Milan's fightback, insists Allegri

The Rossoneri coach believes the return of the Brazilian duo will see the San Siro outfit climb up the league table and close the gap at the top
Massimiliano Allegri is adamant his AC Milan side are strong enough to compete for the Serie A title despite falling 12 points behind league leaders Juventus with the return of the South American stars.

Milan lost further ground on the Bianconeri after losing their third Derby della Madonnina on the trot 1-0 thanks to a Walter Samuel for Inter.

But Allegri is hopeful with the Samba stars back in the frame they can turn around the fortunes of the club.

He told the official club website: "[We know] that things won't change over night, nor will a single match change our season, but it is important to rise again."

In an effort to improve Milan's fortunes Allegri said: "The first thing we have to do to improve is to find continuity in our results.

"We have to improve defensively, and we also have to get better in front of goal. At the moment, we are creating a lot of chances but we are not converting enough."

The Italian is confident Robinho and Alexandre Pato can help improve Milan's record, adding: "He [Robinho] will be very important for us this season, and from Pato we're expecting goals.

"What we're paying for in the league is the wasted chances we've had, and that's why I'm not worried."

Allegri dismissed any doubt over his position as Milan coach, and is thankful for the faith being shown in him by the club's president.

Allegri added: "He [Berlusconi] understands where we are at the moment, and he has encouraged us to stay calm.

"I have always felt the trust, but now we need to start getting results."