Massimiliano Allegri said his players were tired and accepts President Silvio Berlusconi’s advice, but “I make choices for the good of Milan.”
The Rossoneri eased their way to a 2-0 victory away to Cagliari  thanks to an own goal and a moment of magic from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“Tonight it was a difficult game, which is what I expected,” said the Coach. “We have climbed back up the table and I already saw on Saturday that the team was tired. There were difficulties and we played better in the second half, but the important thing was to get the three points.
“Ibra is generous and never pulls back. He is an extremely important player for us. Now we’ll see what the others do tomorrow.”
Milan end 2011 on a Serie A run of nine wins and two draws, which means they could be top of the table depending on the Udinese-Juventus result.
Allegri was also asked about President Berlusconi, who this week suggested he change his tactics to field a trident attack plus Kevin-Prince Boateng in midfield.
“There is always an exchange of ideas with the President. He has his ideas and would like to see Milan always play the way they sometimes do. But I have to make choices for the good of Milan.
“I like it when we talk, as I can get important ideas from him. There is absolutely no problem. Comparisons with Barcelona are impossible, as they have players with completely different characteristics to ours.”