"Taarabt had a great debut. He showed a lot of quality, worked hard and scored a great goal. He presented himself well, didn't he?"
"It was a step backwards in terms of the result, but I also saw many positive things. Unfortunately we had prepared it a certain way, then Kaka and Keisuke Honda got ill, so I had to make changes.
"We didn't have all the players to use this system. I saw Ignazio was struggling a little in the first half, so I moved Urby Emanuelson there as I've seen him play there a few times under Allegri.
"I wanted to make two substitutions after the break, but had to preserve one, so I opted to move the players around instead.
"We've got the Champions League coming up and Kaka would've played if he hadn't been ill for three days with a fever. As well as to get as many points as possible, my job is to help improve the players who I found in not great physical condition. That takes time."
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