Massimiliano Allegri feels Mark Van Bommel learned a crucial lesson from Italian referees and “it's the best season of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's career.”
Milan earned a 2-0 win away to Catania despite playing with 10 men for the final 35 minutes following Van Bommel's second bookable offence.
“It's fair enough,” said the Coach of the red card on Van Bommel's Serie A debut.
“The referees make decisions based on what they see and this is an example. Van Bommel should've been a bit sneakier, but it is his second game in Italian football.
“These fouls are not generally sanctioned with a booking in Germany, but he is a generally aggressive player.”
Ibrahimovic set up the first goal for Robinho and scored the second to confirm his decisive status for the Rossoneri.
“He is having the best season of his career in terms of intensity,” insisted Allegri.
“Ibra has a great deal of enthusiasm, feels like a leader and also knows how to defend, which is the most important thing. If he tracks back, then everyone else follows suit.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £5,000 monthly.