AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has heaped praise on Mario Balotelli after his latest set-piece proved vital in helping Milan earn victory over Chievo Verona.

The Rossoneri coach hailed the impact that the Italian striker has made since his January arrival from Manchester City, after he helped inspire Saturday’s 1-0 away win.

Balotelli’s free-kick, which could only be parried by Chievo keeper Christian Puggioni, was pounced upon by Riccardo Montolivo for the Milan goal and helped the side to record their fourth consecutive victory as they look to finish second in Serie 'A' this season.

And it was this dead-ball ability along with the 22-year-old’s other attributes that have already made him a valuable asset to the Milan squad, and triggered Allegri to comment on the strikers progress at the San Siro 

According to Goal.com, he told reporters: "I think he is playing very well. Fortunately in January, he arrived. We have nobody else at Milan who takes free kicks as dangerously as Balotelli. He is a tremendous value to us.

"He also behaved well out there tonight. He suffered a few blows and might have earned a yellow [card], but he never risked anything after that. He is certainly developing into a protagonist who is feeling accountable to his team-mates, with his desires to continuously do more for his team." 

Balotelli has been in fine form since signing for Milan having scored seven goals in seven league appearances, and will look to continue this when his side take on Fiorentina at the weekend.

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