Milan assistant manager Mauro Tassotti has warned “every game is decisive” from now on as they battle Fiorentina for third place.
The Rossoneri have seen the gap whittled down to just one point, so the final five rounds of the season are like a mini-tournament for Champions League qualification.
“There are so few rounds left now that every game is decisive,” Tassotti told Milan Channel.
“Now we have two home matches and must try to pick up maximum points. They are not simple tests, as Catania might not have much more to ask from this season, but they have always played well and will want to end the campaign on a high.
“We knew it was going to be difficult to face Fiorentina, Napoli and Juventus in a row. Clearly we have the most regrets about the game in Florence, as with 35 minutes left we were 2-0 up and playing against 10 men.
“Even if there were some strange incidents that could’ve been evaluated differently, we shouldn’t have given them the chance to get back into the game. That is a mistake that forces us to fight to the bitter end.
“Still, we are one point in front and therefore know third place depends entirely on us. If our destiny is no longer in our hands, then we will start to worry more.”
Mario Balotelli has completed his two-match ban – which had originally been three, but reduced on appeal – and is set to start against Catania on Sunday evening.
“Mario is a very important player and proved that the moment he came into the team,” added Tassotti.
“Not having him for these two games was a heavy blow, even if Giampaolo Pazzini returned from injury. Having everyone at our disposal is better.”