Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his side deserved to win their top-of-the-table clash against Napoli in Serie A on Monday evening.
The Serie A leaders defeated Napoli 3-0 at San Siro to open a five-point gap at the top of the Italian top flight and on course to win the scudetto for the first time since 2004.
Milan took the lead in controversial circumstances when Salvatore Aronica was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area and the subsequent spot-kick was dispatched by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Further goals from Kevin Prince Boateng and Alexandre Pato sealed the points for the Rossoneri.
The Milan coach admitted he was unsure whether the penalty should have been awarded.
“It looked like a penalty from the sidelines, but there are a few doubts when you see it on the replays,” said Allegri
“But regardless of the incident, we played well. We didn’t allow Napoli to have one shot on goal and I think our victory is deserved.
“We did very well in the first half, but we made a lot of errors in attack. I liked our character though, I’m happy with what the lads did, seeing as the boys played in Napoli’s half for 90 minutes.”
“I’m happy with the win but also because my injured players are coming back to full fitness,” the tactician continued. “Some important elements are returning.
“Boateng is the kind of player who can break a game open when he comes on, just like Robinho did against Parma when he came on and as Pato did last Sunday.”
Pato, who was outstanding on the night, insists they cannot think the Scudetto is already in the bag.
“We have been able to achieve a great victory and we are very happy,” Pato told the press after the game.
“Three points for the Scudetto? There are still many games to play and the road is still long. Now we have to think about Juventus. We are a united team.”