Saturday March 19 2011
Allegri: 'We're still on top'

Massimiliano Allegri is keeping calm after Milan's surprise loss in Sicily. “We're still top of the table. A defeat can happen.”

The Rossoneri fell 1-0 to Palermo this evening, their first away defeat since the trip to Cesena in Week 2.

“Going down early on was not helpful and we didn't play well in the first half, especially the final third,” said Allegri.

“It was better after the break, although considering all our possession, we didn't have enough shots on target.

“Although it was better to avoid it, a defeat can happen. Fortunately we are going into the break for international duty now and have time to get our ideas in order. In any case, we are still top of the table, then we'll see what Inter and Napoli do tomorrow.”

If Inter beat Lecce at San Siro, they'll move to within two points of Milan with the derby coming up in a fortnight.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be suspended for that clash, as today he began his three-match ban.

“There's no point talking about how important Ibra is for us, but tonight we should've done more. We have to analyse what didn't work.

“Alexandre Pato and Antonio Cassano were playing as a pair for the first time, so it's natural it'd take a while to settle. I had to look at the full 90 minutes, as Robinho is tired and Kevin-Prince Boateng cannot play a full game at the moment.

“I remain convinced Milan are the favourites for the Scudetto, so even if things go badly, we'll still be two points in front.”

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