Friday September 9 2011
Allegri: 'Milan could've done better'

Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan “could've done better” in their 2-2 draw with Lazio, but put it down to a lack of preparation time.

The Rossoneri scrambled back from 2-0 down after 22 minutes on home turf in their Serie A opener.

“We hadn't played together in a long while, as the internationals had only just returned, so the squad only managed to prepare for this game yesterday,” explained the Coach.

“For example, Mark Van Bommel is no longer a young man and only came back from international duty on Wednesday, but he had a good performance. I am also happy with Alberto Aquilani and Antonio Nocerino.

“We could've done better, but we reacted and in the second half created many chances. We won the ball back often, but also allowed too many counter-attacks. Lazio caused us problems and are very strong in attack.

“The fact remains it's no good for us to take such long breaks. We will soon get back in shape.”

Milan have a race against time to do that, as on Tuesday they travel to Barcelona for the Champions League opener.

“As we saw tonight and from pre-season matches, we've got to improve and rediscover the defensive solidity we had last year,” continued Allegri.

There were injury scares for Kevin-Prince Boateng when he landed awkwardly on his shoulder, while Gennaro Gattuso was taken to hospital after a knock to the eye.

“Boateng is fine and Gattuso is undergoing tests.”

It's reported Gattuso had problems with his eyesight even before kick-off, so the knock in a collision with Alessandro Nesta prompted his early substitution.