Ibrahimovic 22′ and Boateng penalty kick 88′ sealed the win. Atalanta 0-2 AC Milan as Milan remain on top
“I thought the team would have heavy legs after the work in Dubai (exhibition win vs Paris SG 1-0), but they were fresh. I’m happy with what the team did. The players knew when we could play and when we had to defend. I’m happy for Emanuelson because he’s underrated by the media. He had a good game today and showed that he can do well when he comes on. Winning in Bergamo is not easy at all. We have a point more than last year with three games to go before the half way mark, now we’ll pass on to the derby. This should be a really passionate week.”
“We knew it would be a tough game and that we’d be up against a team with character who had yet to lose at home. They caused us problems. Atalanta are having a great season and in terms of quality they have no connection with the teams at the bottom of the table.
It’s an important victory because it’s not easy to win here. It was important to get back into the league with a win because we have two very difficult months ahead of us.
I didn’t put Pippo on the pitch because even at 2-0, the game wasn’t over. I could have put him on for the last 2 minutes but at that time I didn’t think of it. It wasn’t a beautiful game today. I though that the team would pay a price for the physical work we did in Dubai, but there were actually very sharp.
The derby is the derby. Sunday is a huge game. It’ll be a good game too because Inter are doing great things and so are we.
I’m happy with what Pato did; we didn’t hug each other only because we were focused on the game. The penalty seemed clear cut. We’ll have Abate back for the derby. I’m not sure about the others.”