AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri admits his side's season is now looking 'difficult' after a fourth league reverse in just nine games.
Milan's disappointing start to the season continued with a 3-2 loss against Parma on Sunday, having drawn level from two-goals down.
Allegri has only overseen three domestic wins this term, with the Rossoneri's total of 11 points so far leaving them 16 points behind leaders Roma and already a worrying 11 points behind Juventus, who occupy the final Champions League spot in Serie 'A'.
Their Champions League performances, which have yielded five points from three games - including a creditable home draw with Barcelona - have done little to remedy the poor league form.
Milan have not been out of the Champions League since the 2008/09 season, when Portsmouth drew with them - and now face another difficult test at home to Lazio on Wednesday night.
"We have yet to find balance in our performances," Allegri said, according to BT Sport.
"The defeat at Parma is painful because it leaves us further away from the top six positions. Now our task becomes more difficult. But we must believe in ourselves and take it one step at a time."
Lazio, meanwhile, moved three points clear of Milan with a 2-0 victory over Cagliari last weekend.
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