Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has advised his players to concentrate on their own performances rather than worry about the form of rivals Juventus in the closing months of the season.
Speaking after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Roma – a result which maintained Milan’s lead over Juventus at the top of Serie A, Anceolottii said: “This wasn’t a reply to what Juve did. It was another win- that’s all.
“We mustn’t concern ourselves with what Juve are doing. For us the important thing is to keep doing what we’re doing and winning as many matches as possible.”
Goals from Hernan Crespo and Andrea Pirlo from the penalty spot, earned Milan the points against a determined Roma side playing its first Serie A match under new coach Bruno Conti.
“It was difficult at the start because we didn’t play to our usual level. Roma played well, they were fast and very positive,” said Ancelotti.
“To be honest, I expected them to be a little more defensive.
“We did better in the second half. We kept possession, forced them to chase the ball a bit and tire themselves out.”
Conti said he was disapppointed with the result, but pleassed with the efforts of his players.
“Sure, I’m disappointed by the result, but I was also relieved to see a very good display for the first 30 minutes,” he said.
“We dropped our heads a little after their first goal and there’s still a lot of work to do, especially from a psychological point of view, but overall I’m happy with what I saw on the pitch”.