Milan coach Allegri impressed with Kaká return
By Luca Persico
After watching Kaká make his first appearance back at Milan, coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident the playmaker can help his side push for a top three finish.
Kaká, who was handed the captain’s armband, played 45 minutes in a 4-0 friendly victory against Swiss side Chiasso.
While admitting the 31-year-old still needs match fitness, Allegri expects him to quickly become a protagonist once more for the Rossoneri.
"Kaká has great quality, is a champion and his presence raises the level of self-confidence throughout the squad," he told Milan Channel.
"I must do well to get the best out of him and help him reach peak fitness. You cannot expect a player, even one of his level, to be ready straight away.
"Kaká is a lovely guy who is eager to work hard, which he proved already in training. I must do well to get the best out of him and help him reach peak fitness. You cannot expect a player, even one of his level, to be ready straight away."
Kaká’s impact was instantaneous, as he set up midfielder Antonio Nocerino for the opener after just seven minutes.
Allegri reverted away from the 4-3-3 he has used to start the season, switching to a 4-3-1-2, with Kaká positioned behind the strikers.
"We have to work, as we changed our tactical system with forwards who allow me to vary my options," Allegri added.
"I am happy because we have almost everyone available."
Kaká returned to Milan after four seasons with Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, with the hope of finding form ahead of next summer’s World Cup.