AC Milan boss Allegri explains hooking Balotelli in Parma defeat

AC Milan coach Max Allegri HOOKED Mario Balotelli during defeat to Parma. Allegri made surprising substitutions, replacing Balotelli and Andrea Poli when still 2-0 down.

AC Milan coach Max Allegri HOOKED Mario Balotelli during defeat to Parma.

Allegri made surprising substitutions, replacing Balotelli and Andrea Poli when still 2-0 down.

“We had to change something for the second half. I took off Balotelli because he didn’t have a good game, while Poli had done well and it was a tactical issue.

“Balotelli had a few good moments, but overall it was not a good game. I needed a centre-forward who could really play that role and Balotelli wasn’t doing it, although he has the characteristics. He'd also been booked, so I was afraid we'd go down to 10 men."

 
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