Massimiliano Allegri explains why he always kept faith with Urby Emanuelson, but hopes for fresh legs if Milan are to win the Scudetto.
The Rossoneri earned a 2-0 victory away to Parma thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty and an Emanuelson solo effort.
“When you pick players, they gain in confidence. Emanuelson played on the right and did very well, while he can also be used as a left-back. I consider him important because he can cover various positions and at the moment he is acting as trequartista.
“He has very clean technique, knows how to pass smartly and this is very important for us. We are clinical and that is an important quality for all teams. However, we were a little more wasteful after taking the lead and that is something we have to work on.”
Now Milan are clear at the top of Serie A, face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final and on Tuesday have the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final against Juventus.
“We hope Kevin-Prince Boateng can recover quickly, as we have a very busy end to the season and need fresh legs,” continued Allegri.
“We’ve got to try to win every game ahead of us and to do that we need to rotate the squad. We allowed Parma a few chances early on, then we clicked into gear. We still make too many mistakes with the final ball, though.
“It is going to be a difficult game against Juventus, because they won the first leg 2-1 at San Siro, so we have to win in Turin. I hope Fiorentina get a result against Juve tonight, as it would be another small expansion of the gap at the top of the table.”
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