Massimiliano Allegri gave credit to Juventus for their defending tonight and insisted Milan “must not feel pressure” after Fiorentina closed the gap to one point.
The Rossoneri suffered their first defeat of 2013, but with two points from three rounds now have only the most slender of leads in third place.
“The lads put in a good performance, allowing little and controlling the ball,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium after a 1-0 defeat in Turin.
“We conceded on a penalty, but have to stay calm and pick up as many points as possible to maintain our advantage. We must not feel pressure looking at other results, as we already know that we have to pick up points regardless of what the other teams do.”
Milan used Robinho, Stephan El Shaarawy, Giampaolo Pazzini and Kevin-Prince Boateng together, but barely troubled Gigi Buffon.
“El Shaarawy played well, especially in the first half, then Juventus closed us down and allowed very few spaces.
“Robinho did well last Sunday against Napoli, but today he sacrificed himself on the right and it’s only normal he’d struggle after such a long time out.
“Juventus defended very well and lately we are having difficulty creating chances in the final third. So far we have done, including against Juventus, so there is everything to suggest we’ll have a different campaign next year.”
Allegri was asked if he will still be on the bench at San Siro for 2013-14.
“We’ll see. I don’t want to talk about that now. Besides, I already have a contract, so I am happy to stay here.”
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