Sunday September 18 2011
Allegri 'played into Napoli's hands'

Massimiliano Allegri feels Milan played into Napoli's hands at the San Paolo. “We gave them chances we knew we shouldn't have done.”

The Rossoneri had gone in front with a wonderful Alberto Aquilani diving header, but Edinson Cavani's hat-trick turned it all around for a 3-1 result.

“It was a fairly odd game, as we held possession and took the lead, but it was wiped out immediately by a lucky goal,” said Allegri.

“We conceded on the counter, which we knew Napoli were going to do. We also wasted a few opportunities to make it 2-2 and with the third goal Cavani did very well to believe in it.

“It was a strange match in which I'm happy with what the lads did overall, though we need more determination in some moments.

“All this is without taking anything away from Napoli, who played their style and took advantage of the chances we allowed them.”

Milan have only one point from their opening two games against Lazio and Napoli, while the 2-2 draw at Barcelona midweek also prompted criticism.

“We're not worried. We all have to relax, know we are a big club who can have a couple of setbacks in terms of result, but the performances were decent. The only concern is that we conceded five goals in the first two Serie A rounds,” continued the Coach.

“The full-backs have to be faster at getting back to help the defence. We certainly made mistakes on the counter-attack.

“Napoli tended to play on the break, which was unusual considering they were the home team. They are very fast and we should've done better in stopping that weapon.

“The team took the right approach and deservedly took the lead. Unfortunately, we allowed Napoli the opportunities that we knew full well we should not have given them.”

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