Massimiliano Allegri, the Juventus coach, has said that his team must improve if they are to beat AC Milan later on today.

On Wednesday Juventus defeated SPAL 4-1 at the Juventus Stadium but Allegri wasn’t happy with their performance. He said that the team had “taken a step backwards” after beating Udinese 6-2 last week and they need to step up their game if they want to win against AC Milan.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia he said, “We are still delivering ups and downs and this is not very good. In terms of our performance today, we’ve taken a step backwards compared to Udinese, and if we play like this, we’re not going to get a result in Milan.”

He said the team has a huge amount of quality so they are going to score goals, but that in order to get to the end of the season they “cannot afford to have these ups and downs, otherwise our games turn into a game of roulette.”

Allegri still thinks that Juventus will be good enough to defeat Milan, despite two defeats to them last season.

“I’m not worried, if the lads are aware of what they must and must not do,” he said. “This is how we are at the moment, always making a mess somewhere. Maybe we would have made a mess in Udine too, which is why I’m not joking when I said that it was better for us to be reduced to 10 men there.”

Milan defeated Chievo 4-1 on Wednesday and their coach, Vincenzo Montella, is keen to follow that up with a second win, “Now we need to ignite a real flame on Saturday against Juventus. Let’s hope that the Bianconeri underestimate us a bit.”