Saturday February 11 2012
Allegri hails Milan spirit

Massimiliano Allegri feels Milan’s “spirit made the difference” as they fought back from a goal down to earn an impressive victory in Udine.

“I think the team put in a good performance,” said the Coach after their 2-1 win at the Stadio Friuli.

“We started well, but were penalised by Udinese’s first scoring opportunity. In the second half we were more courageous, confident and shook off the tension.

“We had been worried considering recent results, but knew we had to do well against Udinese. Our spirit made the difference and we attacked particularly well towards the end.”

This was the first Milan game without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who begins his three-match ban, but Maxi Lopez came off the bench to score one and set up another for Stephan El Shaarawy.

“Of course Ibra’s absence is sorely felt, though today we had players with different characteristics,” explained Allegri.

“Maxi Lopez gave us depth and did very well today. I don’t know if the result is crucial, but it is certainly important. For now we are top of the table and must await Juventus.”

The Rossoneri are temporarily the Serie A leaders, but Juve have two games in hand, as their trips to Parma and Bologna were snowed off.