Sunday March 11 2012
Allegri surprised at Milan lead

Massimiliano Allegri admits he didn’t expect to be four points clear, “but there’s a long way to go.” He also defended Milan’s performance against Arsenal.

“It was important for us to win today, as that would ensure the two-point advantage remained intact, but instead we have four points. There’s a long way to go,” he said after a 2-0 victory over Lecce.

As Juventus were held to a 0-0 away to Genoa, the Rossoneri are breaking away at the top of the Serie A table.

“We played well, especially at the start. We did risk conceding an equaliser, as games do get complicated if you don’t finish them off, as we saw in London. If we don’t score then we have to carry on playing and try to be more determined. You can’t always win when playing well, so sometimes you have to get points with the minimum effort.”

Allegri was under attack in the media this week after that 3-0 defeat to Arsenal, especially as he reportedly had a row with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Nobody seems to point out we played very well in the second half at the Emirates and had several scoring opportunities. It’s just a shame about the first half.

“As for Ibra, thankfully these stories emerge every now and then, otherwise it gets boring! Nothing happened, as it’s normal there are discussions between a Coach and his players.”

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