(REUTERS) - AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri knows that if his team do not start picking up points soon, the unthinkable will happen.
They will lose touch with third place and Champions League football next season.
Milan, who host Fiorentina tomorrow, have taken one point from their last two games to renew the almost inevitable speculation about Allegri's future.
After his side were held 1-1 at home by Lazio on Wednesday, leaving them 13 points off third spot, he produced the familiar lines fans have become tired of hearing.
He complained about injuries, said they performed well, failed to take chances, lost concentration and made no real mistakes apart from the goal they conceded.
"We will only get out of this with hard work but, of course, we are getting further away from third place. The teams ahead of us are travelling at an amazing speed and if we carry on like this, it will be impossible to overtake them.
Milan are 10th in the table with only 12 points from 10 games, including a mere three wins. They need to finish third to earn a place in the Champions League play-off round, something they did by the skin of their teeth last season with a 2-1 win at Siena in their last game.