Allegri lauds Milan comeback

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was satisfied his side

recovered from 2-0 against Palermo to secure a point on

Tuesday.

But he believes there is more to come from his players.

Palermo led through a Fabrizio Miccoli penalty and a goal from

Franco Brienza early in the second half, but Milan ensured a share

of the spoils through Riccardo Montolivo and Stephan El Shaarawy’s

seventh goal of the season.

The Rossoneri moved up to ninth in the table, with their hosts

climbing out of the bottom three, but Allegri still sees room for

improvement.

He told reporters: “The players did well to believe in

themselves, to come back into the game and they played a great

second half.”

Allegri also criticised the fixture list as his side played

three days after a 1-0 win over Genoa.

“In the first half we played badly but we’re playing every three

days,” he said.

Allegri also spoke of the need to look after his players to

avoid burnout, particularly El Shaarawy and Urby Emanuelson.

“I made changes to the team because I wanted to give a rest to

some players as playing every three days is not easy.

“I can’t burn out El Shaarawy who is playing every three days

and this evening played with a cold.

“I can’t burn out Emanuelson. I’m not a madman, I gave a rest to

those players who have been ever present.”

Allegri hopes to hit on the winning formula so his team can

regain some of the ground they have lost on the leaders.

“The objective is get a run of results together to get up the

league table. We could have three or four points more than we do

for what the team have done so far.

“I’m not saying we didn’t deserve to lose points, but we could

certainly have more than we have now.”

Defender Ignazio Abate felt he was harshly treated for the

penalty when the ball his his arm from Miccoli’s cross.

Abate told the Milan website: “The penalty was dubious. It hit

my hand but there was no movement of my arm towards the ball. I

think it was a bit generous.”