Tuesday September 13 2011
Allegri: 'Milan could've won'

Massimiliano Allegri thinks Milan could've won against Barcelona had they been sharper on the counter-attack after their amazing start.

“The team did very well at the start, then we got a bit too deep, mainly because of Barcelona's pressure. We could've done better with some counters and keeping possession, but it wasn't easy,” he said after the 2-2 draw.

“I don't think we allowed Barca many chances and could've gone 2-0 up straight after the opener.”

Alexandre Pato scored after 24 seconds, making it the fifth fastest goal in Champions League history.

However, Barcelona fought back to lead 2-1 and had 70 per cent of the possession before Thiago Silva's last-gasp header from a corner.

“The lads did well not to lose their heads after going behind and were rewarded for all the hard work and sacrifice they did over the 95 minutes,” continued Allegri.

“I didn't expect this, as it's not easy to come here and score twice. We all realised it was difficult and held firm, as Barcelona are capable of scoring three goals in five minutes.”

Antonio Cassano was quiet, while Kevin-Prince Boateng went off with a back injury during the first half.

“Cassano, like all the others, worked to help out the team. I was convinced he'd have a great game, otherwise I wouldn't have fielded him. He did create an interesting opportunity, but four days after the high tempo game against Lazio, fatigue was always going to be an issue.”

Allegri argues his approach was not negative against the reigning European champions.

“We had two options, which was to push forward as quickly as possible, the other was not to give away silly fouls or let ourselves get taken on one-on-one. I think we did that pretty well and defended well around the box.

“At half-time I asked the lads to be sharper when we had the ball, which we did very well on the goal, but after a while we started giving away possession far too cheaply.”