Fiorentina looks to close gap with win over AC Milan

FLORENCE (Sporting Alert) — AC Milan will need to be patient when they go up against Fiorentina in their Serie A clash at Artemio Franchi on Sunday.

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Those were the words from manager Massimiliano Allegri ahead of the contest.

“We’ll have to be very good in Florence and we’ll have to play as a team,” Allegri said in his press conference interview.

The manager also admits that he could play strikers Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini together in a 4-2-3-1 formation that has been worked on during practice.

“I tried to play a 4-2-3-1 with Pazzini and Balotelli,” Allegri revealed. “It was a good test in training and it’s a possibility for the match.

“I hope we won’t have to use it though as that will mean that things are not going well on the pitch.”

AC Milan completed its final session on Saturday and are ready to take all three points on the road.

Fiorentina, in the meantime, have not given up on winning a Champions League slot and manager Vincenzo Montella wants his players to shake off the last defeat and keep the pressure on AC Milan.

Meanwhile, Allegri has rubbished reports claiming that striker Stephan El Shaarawy has been struggling to score because of the arrival of Mario Balotelli, who joined the club during the January transfer window.

He said: “El Shaarawy has scored 16 goals in the first half of the season and it’s normal now that other players will start scoring.

“There’s only one player who scores 40/50 goals a season and he plays for Barcelona. The forwards are scoring well and we hope the defenders can add to that tally as well.”

Fiorentina are six points behind Milan in fourth place.

“The Italian league is extremely difficult and there are always surprises around the corner, just like Palermo proved by beating Roma,” the boss told La Repubblica.

“We must not let our heads drop and we must rediscover our best football and the best of Fiorentina.

“There are a lot of different games between now and the end of the season and our objective hasn’t changed.”

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