Allegri focused on fending Fiorentina off

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri admits it is now impossible for the Rossoneri to catch second-placed Napoli following Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Juventus.

Stephan El Shaarawy of AC Milan and head coach Mas

By FOX Sports Staff

Allegri's Milan fell away from the Scudetto race a long time ago leaving the seven-time European champions to scrap it out for the UEFA Champions League football spots.

With Italy only awarded three qualifying spots for next season's competition, Milan's battle with fourth-placed Fiorentina is set to go down to the wire.

Milan's 1-0 loss to Juve left them just one point ahead of Fiorentina with five games remaining while the Rossoneri are now seven points behind second-placed Napoli and a whopping 18-points off the pace set by leaders Juve.

"It's been an abnormal season for us. Juventus are having an extraordinary season, they might even reach 90 points and that says it all," Allegri said at his post-match press conference.

"Second place after we drew against Napoli [last week] was a tough one anyway and after this evening's result, it's almost impossible.

"Now we need to hang onto third place and we have to stay calm.

"We have to get back winning on Sunday and that we have a mini league ahead of us of five games and we only have a single point lead over Fiorentina. We had a big chance in Florence [over a fortnight ago in a 2-2 draw] and we couldn't take it, we were missing something but it's useless to think about the past."

Allegri's thoughts then turned to Sunday's narrow defeat in Turin, an even match decided by bad luck.

"It was a balanced game this evening and obviously in the final third we have to do more but that doesn't mean that the team didn't do well," he said.

"The game was decided by a penalty. We lost two players in the first half. [Abbiati has a problem with his calf and Ambrosini took a knock on his ankle. The rest of the players are fine and I'll have them available for Sunday."

Arturo Vidal's second half penalty was the difference between the two teams on Sunday.

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