Allegri: Important to have qualified

Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan’s Coppa Italia clash with Novara was not easy, but is glad to qualify for the quarter finals.
It took until extra time for Milan to book their spot against Lazio, as Stephan El Shaarawy’s opener was cancelled out late on by Ivan Radovanovic. Alexandre Pato was on target in the first period of extra time to ensure a 2-1 final score.
“Unfortunately we conceded a goal in the final minutes from a freekick that could have been avoided,” Allegri told Rai Sport.
“It was a difficult match, but it was important to qualify. We did well to remain united and calm and to suffer together. In the end we came close to making it 3-1. I am happy for the team, especially El Shaarawy who scored and for [Alexander] Merkel who showed he is important.”

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