AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri insists Saturday’s derby against Inter Milan may not prove decisive in the Serie A title race.
Milan top the table by two points from defending champions Inter heading into the showdown at the San Siro.
The match has been billed by some as a potential playoff for the Scudetto. But Allegri believes there will still be plenty of points up for grabs in the remainder of the season, regardless of who comes out on top on Saturday.
“Tomorrow’s match is a beautiful match to play in this moment of the championship,” Allegri said.
“AC Milan is leading the ranking up to the beginning of tomorrow’s match and I do also believe … that this match is more decisive for them than for us, since after tomorrow’s match there are still seven matches to be played and 21 points to be gained. Therefore, there are many chances to change the result of the championship.”
“Napoli and Udinese are also near us and near Inter Milan.”
Inter come into the game on the back of five wins and one draw in their last six league outings.
Milan have drawn one and lost one from their last two, but Allegri remains unconcerned about the part form may play.
“As far as the predictions are concerned, I’ve heard many things: somebody says the other team will be winning since we’ve gained only one point in two matches,” Allegri said.
“But we also have to say that the beauty of football is that things can change unexpectedly. We know that it’s impossible to win the championship when there is still a month to the end of the season.”
Mindful of the threat the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto’o pose for Inter, Allegri will be sending out his team charged with shutting down the opposition.
“We should be clever and compact since Inter Milan has a great potential, especially in the offensive department,” he said.
“We’re skilled as well and therefore we should play … from the technical point of view, without conceding too many spaces.”
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