“It’s not that I can’t take a day off, but I’m more interested in taking advantage of the holidays, or getting the most out of the season than watching football.”
In the middle of a season filled with ups and downs, Milan were looking to build momentum towards their title challenge, while also looking to make an impact in the Champions League and UEFA Europa League, which were both due to start later in the season.
After losing to Lazio 2-1 in the first leg, the Rossoneri struggled in the second leg, losing 1-0 at home to Udinese.
Milan had only won one of their last four games at the Vicente Calderon, but they took the initiative in the lead, taking the lead on 30 minutes thanks to Alessandro Del Piero’s opener.
The first goal came from the penalty spot, but the next came from a corner, with Leonardo Bonucci and Alessandro Pienaar coming off the bench to score.
The second half saw Milan take the lead after 25 minutes, but Andre Gomes struck the woodwork just before the break, putting the hosts ahead from close range.
Del Pieri was denied a penalty in the 71st minute, but then Leonardo Bonetti headed a third straight effort wide from close-range.
Milan then doubled their lead in the 72nd minute, with Bonucci sending a low shot into the corner.
A second goal from Bonetti in the 82nd minute brought Milan back into the match, but Del Pierio could not hold out the victory, conceding a penalty as time expired.
The Rossonerio went on to lose 2-0 to Bologna, but did not have to worry about their title hopes being threatened as they beat Juventus 2-2 in the quarter-finals of the Champions Leagues.