Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan paid the price for not “closing the match” away to BATE Borisov, but also had their minds on Antonio Cassano.
The Rossoneri dominated the first half, but only went in to the break 1-0 up and were eventually held by a soft penalty.
“We did well in the first 45 minutes, but should've closed the match. We had so many chances and didn't take them, so you pay for that on an international level,” said the Coach.
“If you don't finish off your opponents, then something can always happen to change a game, which is what happened today.
“The penalty for BATE seemed an excessive decision to me, as it was shoulder-to-shoulder. From that moment on, they started causing problems for us with their counter-attacks.”
The psychological situation within the squad was difficult, as Cassano is still in the neurological wing of a hospital with a mystery illness, rumoured to be a mini-stroke.
“It's only normal that there is a little apprehension within the group when things like this happen. The lads wanted to win in order to dedicate the success to Antonio.”