The Rossoneri boss looking forward to the second-leg at Camp Nou; and reveals fitness concerns for Alessandro Nesta but allays fears of Christian Abbiati’s injury.
AC Milan manager, Massimiliano Allegri, has revealed that he will assess Alexandre Pato’s injury situation before deciding to select him for the game against Barcelona.
The Rossoneri will travel to Camp Nou for the second-leg of the quarter-final of Uefa Champions League on Tuesday, 03 April. The first-leg ended in a goalless stalemate at San Siro last week.
A goal filled draw would mean that the Italian Champions will cruise to the last four of the competition, and Allegri will be boosted by the return to training of his star striker, Alexandre Pato. The Brazilian has been troubled
by a mysterious muscle problem of late, which has limited him to only 17 appearances in all competitions this season.
However, the striker is still not certain to take part in the game, and Diavolo manager, Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that he will assess the striker in the training ahead of the game.
The former Cagliari boss removed doubts over Christian Abbiati’s fitness, while remains coy over Alessandro Nesta’s participation in the game. The defender limped off the field in the first-leg, and missed the weekend league game
against Catania as well.
While talking to the reporters, Allegri said:
“I saw Pato yesterday after a month. He took part in his first training session and he’ll take part in the second tonight. I’ll evaluate things after that. You don’t need to be that fit to play 30 minutes. As far as I know, Abbiati
has no problems. I’ll see about Nesta after he trains at the Camp Nou tonight.”
“From a tactical point of view, given that we play every three days, I haven’t had the time to prepare for it properly. We’ll do that tonight even if we already know them well given that we played against them only last week.”
Added the Rossoneri boss
The 44-year-old has advised his players to play their natural game, and look only for a qualification to the next stage.