Allegri hails responsible Balotelli

The Rossoneri coach has praised the controversial attacker and was pleased with his side’s qualification for the group stages

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has hailed Mario Balotelli’s positive influence following their Champions League play-off win over PSV.

Balotelli scored Milan’s second goal at San Siro on Wednesday as Allegri’s men triumphed 4-1 on aggregate to qualify for the Champions League group stages and Allegri lavished praise on the Italian.

“Balotelli played a great game,” Allegri told the club’s official website.

“He has taken on a lot of responsibility. He’s a real professional.

“We drew the toughest team out of the draw and the players have done really well and they deserve the win.”

Allegri was delighted with his side’s qualification for the group stages at the expense of the Dutch giants.

“It would have been a shame to let the Champions League out of our grasp after all that we did in getting third place last term,” he added.

“The players did well and they get the credit. We’re a young team and sometimes we pat ourselves on the back too much for what we’ve done but that shouldn’t happen again.”

Milan will find out whom they will face in the group stages when the draw is made later on Thursday.

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