Massimiliano Allegri insists Milan “fully deserved” their point in Palermo and explained his continual tactical changes.
The Rossoneri were 2-0 down in Sicily, but fought back to earn a 2-2 draw with Riccardo Montolivo and Stephan El Shaarawy.
“I started out with a 3-5-2, then I introduced Urby Emanuelson and had other substitutions in mind,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I didn’t want to run too many risks in the first half, as we could’ve created dangerous situations with Alexandre Pato.
“This is the first time this season we’ve been able to fight back to get a result, which has to be a good sign. In the second half we created so many chances and tended to just get the final pass wrong.
“Despite playing badly in the first half, the penalty could’ve been avoided. The lads did well after the break and we fully deserved the draw. In fact, we could well have won it.”
During the game Allegri went from a 3-5-2 system to a 3-4-3 and then returned to four at the back.
“When a Coach tries to read a game, he does it over the course of 90 minutes. I really didn’t think we’d be 2-0 down after 47 minutes.
“We got a lot wrong in the first half and the problems arrived, even if by playing badly we shouldn’t have allowed them into the box 30 seconds from the break.
“I think Pato needs to play and rediscover his confidence. We could’ve done better in giving him service. He needs to grow, but put the effort in tonight. For him just being on the pitch is like a weight off his shoulders and he’ll get more and more relaxed.”