Saturday 24 March 2018

Allegri: Milan must focus

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has told his team not to think the job is done when they take on Arsenal in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie tonight.

Only three clubs have recovered from such a first-leg deficit in the history of European competitions -- all back in the mid-1980s. Milan, though, somehow managed to go out to Deportivo La Coruna in the 2003-04 quarter-finals, when Carlo Ancelotti was manager, having won 4-1 at home, losing the second leg in Spain 4-0.

Allegri knows his side cannot afford any thoughts of complacency.

"We know how English teams play, so it's going to be important to have the right approach to the game, with great attention and a great pace because I'm sure they'll try to raise the pace tomorrow and try to find an early goal," he said.

"I would insult the team if I would say I had seen some drop in focus in the past.

"I think we need to step on the pitch fired up for 90 minutes without thinking what we did in the first leg."

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