Massimiliano Allegri says it was crucial for Milan to stay within a point of Juventus and insists he has no regrets about letting Andrea Pirlo go.
“At this moment the table has stretched out a ban, so it was important for us to win tonight,” he said of the 3-0 victory against Cagliari .
“We’re still close to Juve and have broken away from the chasing pack, as both Udinese and Inter lost this weekend.
“We played a good game, even if it was a struggle up until Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal. After that, it was much simpler.”
The Rossoneri are struggling with an injury crisis in midfield that has deteriorated with news Alexander Merkel will be out for eight weeks.
“Do we need to buy another midfielder? No, I wouldn’t say that. I’m not worried because tonight Urby Emanuelson played well and his form is improving. He played with the ‘wrong’ foot, because despite the fact Antonio Nocerino is right-footed, he gives his best on the left flank.”
Some are claiming this just shows Milan were wrong to let Pirlo’s contract expire in the summer, especially as he is doing such sterling work for leaders Juventus.
“Last season I had already decided that the tactics would change. Pirlo is a champion and is having a great campaign, but the split was a mutual decision and also good for us economically.
“It’s true that teams win with champions, but some continue to win even after selling them.”
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