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Allegri: ´It won´t be a pre-Barcelona Milan´

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri insists he will pick the best team available for Friday’s Serie A clash at Genoa.

Milan are also preparing for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown against Barcelona, who they beat 2-0 in the opening leg.

“It won’t be a pre-Barcelona Milan. I will put onto the pitch the best men I have for that game,” Allegri said.

“All the guys I have at my disposal are physically fit and that’s good. If I decide to substitute three of them, I will put onto the pitch players who won’t lower the technical value of the team.

“That’s very important for us, because I need everyone’s help from now until the end of the season. We cannot play at low rhythms and to do that I need everyone in great condition.”

Milan are third in Serie A, a far cry from when they last faced Genoa in a 1-0 win that lifted them to ninth place in October.

“Playing in Genoa won’t be easy, they’re in good physical shape,” Allegri said.

“They have gained good points recently and they’ll try taking some points tomorrow to avoid the danger of the relegation zone.

“We need to be aware of that and we need to bear in mind that the three points at stake tomorrow are very important for us, as it will be from now up to the end of the season if we want to try and keep the third place in the table that we have recently gained.”

Allegri said Mario Balotelli was expected to feature but unlikely to start due to a lack of fitness.

“Balotelli didn’t train for eight days. He did a complete training session with the rest of the guys only yesterday, after having worked alone for two or three days,” he said.

“I’m almost sure he won’t start the game.”

Thu 7 March, 2013
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