AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli praised on-loan Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori after victory over Roma.
Pioli made a surprise decision for this huge game, leaving captain Alessio Romagnoli on the bench in favour of Tomori.
“I expected this performance, because Tomori played a derby a couple of days after joining us, so he’s been at this level from the start. I still believe it’s the collective that allows the individual to perform and all together we won a very important match.
“Roma have players with a lot of pace and quality in attack, so we knew that we were taking a risk, but we also recovered more balls in the opposition half – finally – and were therefore more dangerous in attack.
“It’s about weighing up the costs and benefits of an approach, and this approach is giving us more benefits.
“We are still a young team, we cannot have all the nous that a more mature side can put into a game. There is some naivete, but we have 17 more points in the table than at this stage last season, we’re in the Europa League Round of 16 and have played more games than anyone else.
“I don’t forget we are the youngest squad in Serie A. We were fully aware that we weren’t ourselves against Spezia and Inter.”
Tomori has made seven appearances for AC Milan since his loan switch from Chelsea in January. He featured four times in the Serie A helping the Rossonnerri to three wins and one loss, two draws in two Europa League games and a 2-1 loss to city rivals Inter Milan at the last eight of the Coppa Italia.