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.