Capello, who had three separate stints coaching AC Milan, believes the 45-year old is doing a good job despite his side languishing in mid-table in Serie A.

The 66-year-old Italian said Allegri was getting the most out of his squad, which lost the likes of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the off-season.

"I think Allegri is a great coach - I talk often with him, and it is clear he is very well prepared," Capello told Sky Sports Italia.

"At this time, it is very important that Milan go on to the field without any awe, and that the players play to their maximum."

Capello spoke about AC Milan's upcoming game away to Lazio, a fixture which Allegri's men have enjoyed in recent seasons.

"The Stadio Olimpico is a traditionally a good place for Milan, and I think the game against Lazio will be a good one," he said.