AC Milan stand-in coach Mauro Tassotti hailed Keisuke Honda after Wednesday night's Coppa Italia victory over Spezia.
After impressing as a substitute on his Rossoneri debut at the weekend, against Sassuolo, the Japan international, who arrived from CSKA Moscow earlier this month, was afforded his first start in the last-16 clash at San Siro and turned in a fine performance, netting the third goal in a 3-1 win.
"Honda did well, but he needs to up the rhythm in his game," Tassotti is quoted as saying by the club's official website. "Technically, though, he’s very good and he scored a good goal."
Meanwhile, Tassotti dedicated the victory to former coach Massimiliano Allegri, who was sacked on Monday and will be formally replaced at the helm by Clarence Seedorf for this weekend's Serie A clash with Verona.
"This is a win for the club," he stated. "We have to play in Europe next season and this looks like the easiest road to get us there.
"But this is a win for Allegri as well. I’m personally very tied to Allegri. He was here for three and a half years and I feel a level of responsibility with what happened as well. Just as I did the year that we won the title [in 2011], too."
As for Seedorf, Tassotti, who will work alongside the Dutchman for the remainder of the season, said he will help the new boss out in any way he can, but acknowledged that the former Rossoneri midfielder will already have a detailed knowledge of the Milan squad.
"I don’t know what I’ll say to Seedorf," he mused. "He knows the team and many of them played with him as well.
"I don’t think he ever took his eyes off this club."