AC Milan coach Massimo Allegri will be looking to improve his side’s league form with a win in Saturday’s trip to Napoli.
Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva departed the club in pre-season, Milan have made a modest start to their Serie A campaign with just four wins from 12 games, while balancing UEFA Champions League commitments.
But Allegri, who is under pressure, is confident it will not take much to turn the team’s fortunes around.
“It will take some time to return to the top, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t improve,” he said.
“I believe we didn’t need much to be ranked in a better position of the table compared to our current position.
“We’ll be playing important matches from now until December 22nd. First of all there will be tomorrow’s match and then the Champions League match, therefore we have to keep well behaved on the pitch and concentrate more.
“This will allow us to achieve better results compared to what we have done so far.”
With a busy schedule in the lead up to Christmas, Allegri will turn to players like 20 year-old Stephan El Shaarawy for some big performances.
The Italian international has scored eight goals in 12 games, making him the joint-top goal scorer in Serie A alongside Edinson Cavani and Erik Lamela.
“El Shaarawy should understand that this is an important moment of his career,” Allegri said. “He is a young and balanced guy.
“There may be moments of difficulties in the future and he should understand that he should remain serene because he has the skills to become a great player, and he is already a great player in certain aspects.
“He has improved very rapidly, I guess nobody expected it, therefore I’m very happy for him and for the club that has invested on him.”