MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI believes the Schalke victory showed the team has made progress so far.
Milan recorded the first win of the pre-season in their first real, full-length match, away in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. They were not brilliant or convincing by Urby Emanuelson’s strike was enough to win the game.
Milan struggled for possession and could’ve been more decisive in attack, but Coach Massimiliano Allegri saw good things in the game and believes that the team is getting better and will continue to improve.
“I am happy with the victory, it is a major success: the comments were ungenerous after the Tim trophy, although it will be important to get ready for August 26,” Allegri told Milan Channel after the match. They are peaceful, I liked the team, Schalke were only dangerous on 2 occasions, we did well on the counterattack.
“This success is good for morale: the team grows, we have not given anything away. Antonio Cassano? He does not have a ‘stomach ache’, the internationals have all returned in good form,” added the Milan boss.
“Scoring is always nice, I am are very happy and I thank Robinho for the assist,” said Urby Emanuelson, who scored the winning goal. “The goal was well made thanks to him. It was not so easy to score after drawing the goalkeeper, but everything went well. We start from here now.” Allegri hailed Emanuelson according to Gazzetta dello Sport, saying: “From the technical point of view he’s one of the best we have.”
Another player that had an impressive performance is Mattia De Sciglio who was probably the most assured defender in the game. “I still have yet to learn a lot to wear this shirt, but I’ll do my best,” said the man who wears the #2 shirt. “My idol has always been Maldini, but it was Nesta who give me valuable advice when he left Milan. He wished me good luck, it was one of the best memories I keep with me.”
The squad now has two days off before flying to the United States for a tour. Meanwhile, the players that were in the 2012 Euro continue to work in Milanello as they will be flying to the USA with all the others.