Friday April 25 2014
Balotelli 'mustn't drift off'

Milan assistant manager Mauro Tassotti praised Roma and asked Mario Balotelli to stop “drifting out of the match.”

The Serie A encounter kicks off tonight at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups.

Clarence Seedorf continues with the 4-2-3-1 system and Tassotti was asked why Balotelli wasn’t used with a centre-forward.

“We chose this tactic and believe Mario can play the centre-forward role well,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We ask him to be more present in the box and in the game in general, as at times he drifts out of the match. It’s part of his characteristics and will improve with time.”

The Giallorossi are 31 points ahead of Milan in the Serie A table going into this round.

“Roma are having an extraordinary campaign and playing great football. They would’ve been top of the table in almost any other season and it’s especially impressive considering they were coming off some poor results.

“I don’t think there is such a big gap between the squads, but we had a truly terrible start to the season with very few points. We’re getting back on track now, while Roma have been breaking club records.
“I think the fact Roma have improved so much has helped Francesco Totti and in turn he is helping Roma.”

Tassotti was also asked whether it was ‘certain’ that Seedorf would not be the Milan Coach next season.

“I wouldn’t know, these are not questions I can answer. Football has always been strange and the journalists spread these rumours. We’ll see, there are four rounds left and the team is having good results with what we consider to be good football.

“I wanted to offer my condolences to Tito Vilanova’s family and to Barcelona for losing him so young.”

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