Allegri: Draw against Roma is a good result

The AC Milan coach believes avoiding defeat against Serie A’s second-place side is a strong return after his team’s Champions League exploits last week
AC Milan coach Massimilano Allegri believes earning a point in the 2-2 draw at home to Roma is a positive result for his side.

Goals from Cristian Zapata and Sulley Muntari ensured the San Siro side came from behind twice to avoid defeat against the unbeaten visitors.

The draw moves Milan into the top half of the Serie A table and Allegri was happy with the result despite his side still sitting a massive 24 points behind leaders Juventus.

He said to Sky Italia: “In the end it is a good result. We used up so much physical and psychological energy on Wednesday for the Champions League game against Ajax and could have paid the price for that.

“It was an entertaining game for the fans – less so for us on the bench. We could have done more when the game was at 1-1, but made the wrong decisions at times and there were a few situations we should have avoided.

“But I think we played some good football in the second half and we did well against Roma’s pressing. It was just bad control or a misplaced final pass costing us on a few occasions, especially when Mattia De Sciglio was finding space on the right.”

Allegri was sent to the stands for his complaints after Riccardo Montolivo received a yellow card in the 73rd minute, a booking which means he will miss the Milan derby against Inter on Sunday.

The coach said: “Montolivo was just talking to the referee - he is the captain. He did not touch the official so I don’t see why he was booked. It is a shame because he will now be suspended.

“I would prefer to ignore the refereeing decisions. I accept them, I am sorry to have gone off the field and left my team even though it went well - we scored straight afterwards!”

Milan are now unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions, although five of those results have been draws.