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Claudio Ranieri praised his men for a brave display at San Siro as they beat leaders Milan to end the year on a high.

As Roma added another twist to the scudetto race following a 1-0 victory in the back yard of leaders Milan, coach Claudio Ranieri praised his side’s character as they waited patiently before bringing down the San Siro.

“We suffered at the right moments tonight,” he declared to SkySport.

“It wasn’t easy to come up against this Milan side who are top of the table by merit.

“I was delighted with my men by the character they showed and we did well to take advantage when the time was right.

“This victory gives the fans a great gift before the Christmas break and reminds the squad of their true potential.

“We close the year as the side who has collected the most points in 2010, and we must remember our strengths in the New Year.

“If we can stay united in the difficult times, I am sure we can continue to fight for honors right to the wire.”

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