Tuesday March 6 2012
Allegri: 'We got through'

Massimiliano Allegri insists Milan achieved their objective and reveals what he told them at half-time against Arsenal.

The Rossoneri lost 3-0 with all the goals in the first half, but squeezed into the Champions League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

“We played with three forwards and certainly suffered too much. We conceded on the first corner and that made a big difference psychologically, then we made too many mistakes in our midfield passes.

“I’d say we got the game completely wrong from a technical point of view, as we were sitting too deep and played between defenders, but after the break we did move more in attack.

“It’s a shame about the defeat, but the objective was to get through to the next round. Now we have time to get a few more players back from injury and continue in this competition.

“I did not see the team afraid as such, as there are experienced players here. In the locker room I simply told them we had to wipe out the first half from our memories and start from 0-0.

“In any case, I am not too worried. It was a crucial game and would’ve been a truly massive psychological blow for the rest of the season if we’d gone out from 4-0 in the first leg.”

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