Gennaro Gattuso concedes “Inter deserved it more than us, but if it had ended 0-0, there would’ve been some real positives” for Milan.
Although Mateo Musacchio and Mauro Icardi had goals disallowed for offside in the first half, the Rossoneri ultimately had only one real shot on target.
Deep into stoppages, Gianluigi Donnarumma didn’t come out for a Matias Vecino cross, allowing Icardi the free header.
It means Milan remain the only side in Serie A this season without a clean sheet.
“Inter certainly deserved more than us, but if this game had ended 0-0, there would’ve been some real positives.
“We played a style of physical football that we don’t like to play, but we did it well enough. We could’ve passed it better and done better on the counter.
“Since the start of the season my team hasn’t really held out for 90 minutes, but this time we held out so well even with the many set plays.
“The only regrets are that in the last 15 minutes we had so many counter-attacks and didn’t make the most of them. We intercepted four or five passes and went clear on goal, but kept choosing the wrong final ball. That’s the biggest regret.
“Overall, it has to be said that Inter did more than us.”
As soon as Gattuso was asked about Donnarumma’s role in the goal, he interrupted and made his point.
“I don’t want to pick on individuals. There were errors from everyone in defence, as Ignazio Abate went down too quickly to block the pass, Musacchio misread the cross too. We lost the game together, not because of Donnarumma.
“We lost because we didn’t play with the right courage, we were distracted and conceded a naïve goal.
“Calhanoglu was starting to look tired and I didn’t want to change the tactical system, because other than set plays we had never really suffered until then.
“It’s pointless trying to cross into the box with their centre-backs, so I preferred to use Cutrone in a wider role to bring some fresh legs and energy to the position.
“Inter are physically stronger, we have other qualities. We tried to challenge them physically anyway and I really liked the approach, playing a type of football we are not accustomed to.
“We had our chances too, but undoubtedly Inter had more opportunities.”