Rossoneri fans had to wait 82 minutes yesterday to see their team in advantage in dealing with Celtic, at the San Siro in the Champions League groups. This is not at all bothered Milan tactician Massimiliano Allegri.
AC Milan got last night the visit of Celtic in the first match of Group H in the Champions League, 2013-2014 edition. With a lot of important injuries in the squad, Allegri managed to align a first XI that rise to the level of the most prestigious football competition.
However, Rossoneri fans had to wait 82 minutes until Cristian Zapata managed to put his team ahead, following a shot from outside the box deflected by Izaguirre. Sulley Muntari doubled their lead after 86 minutes.
“It was important to win and we struggled at the start of the second half, as we couldn’t get it clear. We were fortunate with the goal,” Allegri told Sky Sports.
“It was a good victory for a group of players who were whittled down to the bone, but played with substance. What counted was getting the points.”
“I am not angry at always getting the goals in the final stages, as if all games went like this I’d be happy! The truth is towards the end the spaces open up more and we can create more chances.”
This weekend AC Milan will play in Serie A at the San Siro, where they will get the visit of Napoli, a team in great shape. A few days before the derby, Allegri did not hesitate to praise the Neapolitan manager, Rafa Benitez.
“This result also means we can prepare as best we can for the game with Napoli on Sunday,” he added. I have to compliment Rafa Benitez, who in a few months has been able to transform their playing style.” added the Italian tactician.