Sunday November 25 2012
Allegri: 'It wasn't a penalty'

Massimiliano Allegri praised Milan’s defensive performance against Juventus, admitted the penalty “should not have been given” and commented on Pep Guardiola.

Tonight’s 1-0 victory was Juve’s first away defeat in 18 months and decided by a Robinho spot-kick for Mauricio Isla’s handling offence, though replays show the ball hit him in the ribs.

“From the touchline it really did seem like a spot-kick, but watching the replays it should not have been given,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“This game was a real battle by the players. We only allowed Juventus one shot on target, while there were four or five great scoring opportunities for us.

“I think the team did its absolute best against a Juve side that is doing great things. It’s wonderful that we managed to avoid basically giving Juventus any chances at all.

“We defended in a very organised manner and the lads deserve so much credit for this. We worked well as a unit, which is a positive sign.

“Stephan El Shaarawy didn’t score, but he has great qualities and really takes it up a notch when playing wide.”

It was a tough few days for Allegri, as Milan President Silvio Berlusconi confirmed he is trying to sign Guardiola for next season.

“I feel flattered that the club is looking for Guardiola as my replacement, seeing as he is one of the best Coaches in the world...”

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