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Jack Bauer
post Aug 7 2013, 03:35 PM
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MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI believes Milan are more of a team, and has claimed that Milan will keep playing the same way.

Milan take on Galaxy tonight (in the night between Wednesday and Thursday Ė 00:30) and it will be their last game before the UEFA Champions League playoffs (Milan will learn who their opponent is on Friday Ė when the draw takes place).

Milanís pre-season was affected by many injuries but they are expected to have most of the injured players in time for August 21st. Massimiliano Allegri has fielded many youngsters this pre-season and he says Milan are better than last year.

ďItís stimulating to train youngsters because they have hunger and desire to win. A 20-year old can have recklessness and the craziness to try something that you wouldnít do if you thought it through first,Ē boss Massimiliano Allegri told La Gazzetta dello Sport. ďMy decision to stay at Milan? I trust my instinct. It has gone wrong those times when I have not followed it.

ďGalliani, the president and I spoke, and we decided to continue together. This is a new challenge for me. My squad? I have a squad of quality youngsters, and we now have the advantage of having played together for a year. We didnít have that last year. I think that Serie A will be more well-balanced this season, and thereís a big distance between the 6-7 teams and the rest. However, Juventus have won the last two seasons, and they have signed good players, so they are the favorites.

ďWe were the favorites after we won the Scudetto in 2011. Juventus have worked well and they have beaten us. Those who win are the favorites Ė thatís how it works. Iím always calm. Itís just that Juventus have taken a couple of my jokes a bit too seriously. There is someone who should take a course in humor. Iím fortunate enough to come from Livorno, so humor is a natural thing for me. How my relationship with Conte and Mazzarri is? I respect everyone. But character is one thing and professionalism is something else. Conte has done an excellent job. Mazzarri is a good coach, and he will do well at Inter.

ďAs for myself, we seem to have more of a team now than we did a year ago. We will have Balotelli with us from the start this season, and he was the best signing in 2013. And I have faith in CEO Galliani. He always makes good signings at the end of the transfer window. The fact that other teams have changed more than Milan have? But we have improved as a team.

ďThe youngsters have grown; if they improve their individual qualities then our play will also improve. If I field a youngster then itís not because heís young and that I have to field him. If I choose him then itís because heís a good player. Which players to keep an eye on this season? Petagna and Cristante have started the season well with the first team. Cristante did better in the beginning, and now Petagna is doing better. But you need to have balance when it comes to youngsters; you must not overhype them when they perform well, and you must not criticise them heavily when they make mistakes.

ďEl Shaarawy didnít get to play in many matches in his first season at Milan, and then he played 28 matches the following season. The youngsters that we have must grow, but they have qualities. Iím curious to see Gabriel and Vergara will do. If Iím worried? Apart from the first 35 minutes against Manchester City, I think that our pre-season has been good. As for Inter, they have changed the way that they work. Mazzarri will have time to make progress: they will only play once a week this season, and thatís an advantage for a new team. If thereís still a big gap between Milan and the best European teams? I donít know if the gap is bigger than it was a year ago, but Real Madrid, BarÁa and Bayern Munich are a level above us.

ďAnything can happen in the Champions League; Manchester United, City, PSG and BvB are also there, but itís very difficult to see the three big clubs failing. Milan were courageous enough to close a cycle and make a change. After Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were sold last year, it seemed like it would be a tragic season, but we managed to finish third and qualify for the Champions League play-offs. The ideal thing is to always finish in top 3 and make the youngsters improve.

ďHow Mario Balotelli is behaving with the youngest players? Heís behaving well. Deep down inside, heís still a kid. Heís also a well-mannered person, but heís only 23 so he must be treated like a 23-year old, who has to improve in many aspects. Mario knows what he has to do. I talked with him for a long time, and he knows that heís the most important player in the squad, and the best one technically. Mario must take his responsibilities, and he must become our technical leader.

ďBalotelli canít be our psychological leader because heís a timid person. If itís better to coach Ibrahimovic or Balotelli? Iíve been fortunate enough to coach both of them. Ibra was stratospheric in his first four months at Milan. He won the matches all by himself. And then he was the usual great Ibra for a year and a half, but his first months at Milan were incredible.

ďBalotelli is different Ė also technically. Ibra is more of a passer, while Balotelli is more of a dribbler. But Balotelli has an indescribable potential, and he still has to improve a lot. Balotelliís mother said that Balo cried when Mourinho coached him? He was five years younger than he is now when he worked with Mourinho. He definitely doesnít cry when heís with me.

ďIf I gave Mourinho a fine for wearing a tracksuit? I was only joking in that interview with GQ. Itís summer and weíre only playing friendly matches now. In any case, I can confirm and repeat it: the coach represents the club and he must not wear a tracksuit during the matches. Football should follow the example of basketball in this aspect,Ē continued the Italian coach.

ďMilan will play with three strikers or two strikers and a trequartista, but it depends on who the opponent is. If Iíve explained it to Berlusconi? We agree. And I have always fielded four offensive players: three strikers plus a midfielder who makes inserting runs. How I felt about a possible sale of El Shaarawy? Napoli sold Cavani and reinvested the money, and Roma did the same thing with Marquinhos. That being said, Iím happy that El Shaarawy stayed because he has done some good things and he will do better things. If it wouldnít have been bad if El Shaarawy had been sold? You need to look at the facts:

ďThe Italian clubs have to be self-financing. With all the money thatís going around in the world, itís impossible to be declared as unsellable. There arenít any unsellable players in Italy. If I would have liked to have had Ogbonna at Milan? Heís a good defender. Juventus had a great defence and now they have improved it. But we have signed Matias Silvestre.

ďAnd those defenders that I have are good. My defence is often criticised, but we didnít concede that many goals in the second part of last season. It shows that the team is working well because if you leave your defenders isolated then even the best defenders in the world will struggle too. Why Iím still playing with four defenders when many Italian teams are playing with three? Nobody in Europe plays with three defenders, and itís basically a five-man defence. I use the players that I have, and I like a defence consisting of four players, and a midfield with three players,Ē the 45-year-old added.

ďIf Iím worried about the current injuries? No. Mexes and Abate are fit and ready. De Sciglio and Robinho should also be ready for the Champions League play-offs. Who the leader in this Milan squad is? There are many. Montolivo has grown a lot in terms of personality, and then thereís Abbiati who looks like a bear, but is a real man that a coach can count on. And then thereís also Bonera. Nigel De Jong? He has charisma and personality. I didnít think that he would return to being in top shape so quickly. Nigel has a good technique, and we have Montolivo, Poli and Muntari who are also good technically.

ďMuntari has a good technique for a midfielder. In the great Milan side, Pirlo played with Gattuso and Ambrosini if I recall correctly. Itís not true that I favor muscular and physical players Ė I like technical players. You need to have technique within in a squad, but Milan always play with four players in attack. Isnít that enough for you?Ē Allegri told the Gazzetta reporter.

http://www.rossoneriblog.com/2013/08/07/al...telli-and-more/
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post Aug 8 2013, 08:47 AM
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Good lengthy interview, thanks for sharing! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Aug 8 2013, 12:35 PM
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Like him or hate him, he knows how to give good interviews.
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post Aug 8 2013, 12:40 PM
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QUOTE (Zed.D @ Aug 8 2013, 12:35 PM) *
Like him or hate him, he knows how to give good interviews.

Yep, makes you think he's the second coming of Sacchi...

Then you watch his team play... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/panicsmiley2.gif)
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post Aug 8 2013, 01:18 PM
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(IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) I know. I always wonder how someone who seems to understand all these concepts can be such a mediocre coach.

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post Aug 8 2013, 01:55 PM
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QUOTE (Zed.D @ Aug 8 2013, 01:18 PM) *
(IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) I know. I always wonder how someone who seems to understand all these concepts can be such a mediocre coach.

Yeah but then he says he always plays with 4 men in attack, which is a facepalm moment right there.

He plays with Monto, a DM and a runner in midfield and usually deploys one of his wingers or the AM (Prince in most cases) as some sort of pseudo defensive attacker, which is just... No words
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post Aug 8 2013, 04:46 PM
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Aug 8 2013, 09:55 AM) *
Yeah but then he says he always plays with 4 men in attack, which is a facepalm moment right there.

He plays with Monto, a DM and a runner in midfield and usually deploys one of his wingers or the AM (Prince in most cases) as some sort of pseudo defensive attacker, which is just... No words

Make no mistake, he's a 4-3-3 coach being forced into a 4-3-1-2 framework.
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post Aug 8 2013, 05:19 PM
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QUOTE (il_diavolo_mtl @ Aug 8 2013, 04:46 PM) *
Make no mistake, he's a 4-3-3 coach being forced into a 4-3-1-2 framework.

He played with a 4-3-3 last season and it was a mess anyway so...
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post Aug 8 2013, 05:44 PM
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QUOTE (il_diavolo_mtl @ Aug 8 2013, 06:46 PM) *
Make no mistake, he's a 4-3-3 coach being forced into a 4-3-1-2 framework.


Forced? We're gonna sign him Honda + Ljajic, not to mention Saponara. He'll have the right men for 4-3-1-2 when the season kicks in, at least one between Honda and Ljajic will arrive. Then it will be his fault for playing Muntari over Boateng and Poli in midfield.
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post Aug 8 2013, 07:49 PM
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 8 2013, 01:44 PM) *
Forced? We're gonna sign him Honda + Ljajic, not to mention Saponara. He'll have the right men for 4-3-1-2 when the season kicks in, at least one between Honda and Ljajic will arrive. Then it will be his fault for playing Muntari over Boateng and Poli in midfield.

I'm just saying, everywhere he played, he has played 4-3-3 and even wrote his thesis on the mids in a 4-3-3. 4-3-1-2 is what berlu wants to see and if it is to be, as you said i'm glad we have actual AMs to run the formation...
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QUOTE (il_diavolo_mtl @ Aug 8 2013, 07:49 PM) *
I'm just saying, everywhere he played, he has played 4-3-3 and even wrote his thesis on the mids in a 4-3-3. 4-3-1-2 is what berlu wants to see and if it is to be, as you said i'm glad we have actual AMs to run the formation...

We played 4-3-1-2 in his first 2 seasons here anyway.

And anyways, if you're trying to tell me that a coach can't be flexible enough to deploy different formations and system, then I don't know what he's doing coaching a professional team
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post Aug 8 2013, 09:28 PM
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Aug 9 2013, 01:43 AM) *
And anyways, if you're trying to tell me that a coach can't be flexible enough to deploy different formations and system, then I don't know what he's doing coaching a professional team

This. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sleep.gif) Many times over!
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Aug 8 2013, 09:43 PM) *
We played 4-3-1-2 in his first 2 seasons here anyway.

And anyways, if you're trying to tell me that a coach can't be flexible enough to deploy different formations and system, then I don't know what he's doing coaching a professional team

Every coach has a system they're comfortable with though. For some reason the management of this club are obsessed with 4-3-1-2?
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QUOTE (kurtsimonw @ Aug 9 2013, 04:26 AM) *
Every coach has a system they're comfortable with though.

Comfortability, Kurt, is one thing, adaptability is another. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/huh.gif) I agree with your post, but for someone coaching a top, top club of the world (at least in terms of history, legacy and prestige, if nothing else) should be able to adapt much, much better than what I have seen these past few years.
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QUOTE (il_diavolo_mtl @ Aug 8 2013, 09:49 PM) *
I'm just saying, everywhere he played, he has played 4-3-3 and even wrote his thesis on the mids in a 4-3-3. 4-3-1-2 is what berlu wants to see and if it is to be, as you said i'm glad we have actual AMs to run the formation...


Didn't he play 4-3-1-2 at Cagliari with Cossu as AM?
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