AC Milan No2 Mauro Tassotti has explained why Mario Balotelli was given a deeper role in defeat to AS Roma.

Tassotti was asked why Balotelli wasn't used with a centre-forward.

"We chose this tactic and believe Mario can play the centre-forward role well," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"We ask him to be more present in the box and in the game in general, as at times he drifts out of the match. It's part of his characteristics and will improve with time."