Sinisa Mihajlovic complimented Milan's performance against Udinese but warned: 'Mario Balotelli is not ready'.
The Rossoneri failed to overpower the Zebrette today and closed the score at a modest 1-1.
'It was a shame not to win it because it was a great chance to shorten the standings,” said Mihajlovic after the game. “But I want to compliment my lads because they did their best until the end.
“We certainly deserved to win, the final result was the product of chance, and that's a shame. We conceded a goal on their only shot.”
Mihajlovic replaced Juraj Kucka and M'Baye Niang with Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng in the second half.
“Both switches were forced under the circumstances. Kucka and Niang both had a bit of trouble.
“I wanted to change sooner, but not them. We decided not to mix things up.
“Balotelli? He's not in the right condition yet, he does what he can.”