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Coach Massimiliano Allegri praised his side for sealing the points as Milan restored their five point lead at the top.

As Milan recovered from their midweek defeat in the Champions League, coach Massimiliano Allegri refused to be hard on his men despite the manner in which they struggled to edge past Chievo with a 2-1 win.

“It is never easy to control a game,” he declared to SkySport.

“We struggled out there at times but the most important thing this afternoon is the win, and the three points.

“It was never easy to bounce back following our setback in the Champions League during the week.

“I certainly don’t think we deserved to lose [against Tottenham], but we demonstrated that we are a side with character with a victory over a tricky Chievo side.

“I don’t think this has sent any signals to our rivals because, being in first place, we are only concerned about ourselves.

“Both Inter and Napoli have to be considered our rivals but we mustn’t forget the likes of Lazio, who again won this afternoon.”

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