Rome: AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has set his players a target of four straight wins to climb up the table ahead of the next international break.
Milan currently sit in the bottom half of the table having won just two of their opening six Serie A matches, although they did show signs of returning to form in last week's 3-0 defeat of Palermo, as well as the midweek 2-0 victory against BATE Borisov in the Champions League.
And Allegri believes that they even have a chance of topping the table in a month's time if they do manage to win their next four matches.
But that doesn't mean he is taking Lecce lightly, especially given that Milan have yet to win on their travels this season.
"It's a difficult trip, it's 10 years since Milan last won at Lecce but now is the time to start picking up points," said the coach.
"Tomorrow (Sunday) we need to be aware of the importance of the game while having a lot of respect for Lecce, who have also played well in defeat."
"In Italy all the games are difficult and it depends on how we play."
"The standings help us to prepare better because we have great motivation to try to arrive at the international break in a better position than we're in now."
"We have to try to improve our position in a very tight league. We have three less points than we had at the same stage last year but before the break we can pick up some positions."
Although sitting in the bottom half, Milan are only four points behind leaders Juventus.
And with a midweek programme coming up, the reigning champions could find themselves in a vastly different position come the end of next weekend following three games in the space of a week.
However, Milan still have several players struggling with injuries and will be without Brazilians Pato and Thiago Silva as well as veteran midfielder Clarence Seedorf against Lecce.