MILAN - AC Milan coach Massimiliano
Allegri said Saturday's shock 2-0 defeat at promoted Cesena was
the perfect wake up call for those who thought the Rossoneri
would crush all comers this season.
Unfashionable Cesena, back in Serie A for the first time
since 1991, netted through forwards Erjon Bogdani and Emanuele
Giaccherini before Zlatan Ibrahimovic made an awful night worse
for Milan by missing a late penalty on his debut.
The team from the small city near Rimini in eastern Italy
have been tipped by most pundits to go straight back down but
they deserved to beat a Milan side which strengthened in the
transfer window to become Serie A favourites in some eyes.
"It's a defeat which will do us good," former Cagliari boss
Allegri, who replaced Leonardo in the close season, told Sky
television after their second outing of the league campaign.
"We need to have a completely different attitude. You need
sacrifice. When we don't have the ball we need everyone to track
back and tonight I didn't see that."
Milan, who beat Lecce 4-0 in their opener, have a chance to
make immediate amends in their first Champions League match at
home to Auxerre on Wednesday and Cesena's coach believes the
seven-times European champions will still have a good season.
"It's a win which gives us confidence but we mustn't think
too much about it. I'm sure Milan will be in the title race,"
said Massimo Ficcadenti, whose side drew 0-0 at Roma first up.
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