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AC Milan boss Allegri: Matri ideal foil for Balotelli

AC Milan coach Max Allegri says Alessandro Matri will be an ideal strike-partner for Mario Balotelli.

Matri arrived last week from Juventus.

"I worked with Matri at Cagliari. He is a player we needed to cover the role left vacant by Giampaolo Pazzini's injury," the Coach told Milan Channel.

"The next two months are going to be very important, as we have eight Serie A games and a Champions League group phase to get through. The club understood we need options at this time.

"We're not forgetting about Pazzini, who has been a very important player, scoring 15 goals last season. He is a reliable striker who unfortunately had these knee problems and required an operation in May.

"Matri played a crucial role for Juventus and he is the player we were looking for. Balotelli, who is extraordinary, needs someone of Matri's characteristics by his side. They make the perfect partnership."

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