Massimiliano Allegri slammed naysayers after they “kept the Scudetto race alive” by beating Chievo. “The criticism of Milan has been excessive.”
The Rossoneri picked up one point from the previous two games and lost the Serie A leadership to Juventus, but temporarily have it back after tonight’s 1-0 victory. 
“Tonight it was an extremely important game. We didn’t play well, but if we didn’t win then we could definitively drop out of the Scudetto race.
“We brought home a crucial result despite missing so many players. We had to field a 19-year-old and we saw Rodney Strasser, Gennaro Gattuso and Mario Yepes make their comebacks.
“The criticism of Milan has been excessive,” continued Allegri. “Everyone was waiting for us to fall, but fortunately we got back up again. Even when we were four points ahead there was a media campaign against us, as everybody was calling for our defeat.
“This evening the lads were able to keep the Scudetto race alive. Some had already performed our funeral, but we're not dead yet.”
There were reports Allegri’s job could be on the line if he ends the season empty-handed after President Silvio Berlusconi criticised his style of football against Barcelona.
“I often speak with Berlusconi and there are no problems. He wished us all good luck for the game and he believes in this Scudetto.
“What disappointed me the most is that during this period we are fighting Juventus for the title, but people act as if they are doing something extraordinary while we should be thrown out with the trash.
“We have had so many injuries and played many more games than Juventus. I could not ask for more from these lads.”
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