Allegri wants same from Milan

A win in France coupled with a defeat for Ajax at Real Madrid in
the other Group G game would see the Italians qualify for the
knockout stages and eliminate Auxerre. The Rossoneri are in buoyant
mood after a solid display saw them beat Fiorentina 1-0 at the
weekend. The result was Milan’s fourth consecutive league triumph
and lifted them three points clear at the top of Serie A. Allegri
hopes they can carry that through to the Champions League. “I’m
very happy because for the second league game in a row we have not
given away a goal,” said Allegri. “Despite the injuries to several
players (Alexandre Pato, Filippo Inzaghi), we have found balance
with the players we have available. “This is proof that my team
always goes out on the pitch determined to win. “We must pick up
where we left off against Fiorentina when we take on Auxerre. “The
game against Auxerre and our final group game against Ajax are
crucial in our hopes of advancing in the Champions League. “Auxerre
are also going through a good run of form and we will have to be
ready.” Milan lie second in the group, five points behind leaders
Real Madrid and just one point clear of Ajax. Auxerre are bottom of
the pool, two points behind Milan. The French side go into the
encounter at the Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps on the back of a
five-match unbeaten run in Ligue 1. Last weekend’s 1-1 draw at St
Etienne saw Auxerre climb to ninth in the league standings, five
points adrift of leaders Lille. Jean Fernandez’s side will be eager
to pick up where they left off in their 2-1 triumph over Ajax that
was their first win in the competition this season. “In one match,
anything is possible at Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps,” he said. “We
showed that against Ajax. “We almost succeeded against Real (1-0
defeat). “So why not Milan? That’s our state of mind.” Auxerre will
have to keep a close eye on in-form striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic scored the only goal against Fiorentina to take his
goal tally for the season to 11 in all competitions. With attacking
duo Pato and Inzaghi out of action through injury, the Sweden
international will lead Milan forward alongside Robinho. Auxerre
will have to do without several key players. Midfielder Steeven
Langil, who scored the winner against Ajax, is out with a knee
problem and right-back Cedric Hengbart is sidelined with a
hamstring injury. Centre-back Jean-Pascal Mignot serves a one-match
ban while Kenyan forward Dennis Oliech returns from suspension.