Motivated Robinho offers hope in gloom for Milan

Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:45pm EST
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By Terry Daley

ROME (Reuters) - Massimiliano Allegri is again in the spotlight at struggling AC Milan as the political machinations at the club rumble on but at least Brazilian striker Robinho is trying to look on the bright side.

Milan host Genoa on Saturday having failed to win in their last six games in all competitions and are a lowly 10th after losing five of their 12 league games, collecting a paltry 13 points in the process.

Failure to beat a Genoa side enjoying a three-match winning streak could hasten the end of Allegri's rocky relationship with the club's bosses although Robinho offered an upbeat message for the fans.

He scored the winning goal for Brazil against Chile this week and is clearly keen to impress Luis Felipe Scolari by scoring goals for his club.

"After every match and every training session I feel better adapted to the role," Robinho, who is expected to play alongside Mario Balotelli and Kaka in a front three, said at this week's gala for the charitable Milan Foundation.

"Slowly my understanding with my team mates is improving and that means at the same time that I will be able to take situations in hand like a leader."

Milan are without suspended Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo while injured Stephan El Shaarawy is unlikely to be available until the Champions league clash with Celtic in Glasgow next Tuesday.

Any thoughts of a Milan title challenge are long gone as they are a whopping 19 points behind league leaders AS Roma, but even more worryingly they are 15 behind Napoli who currently occupy the Champions League playoff spot.   Continued...

AC Milan's Robinho celebrates after scoring against Barcelona during their Champions League soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan, October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo