Allegri: We have to take our chances

The Rossoneri boss was pleased with some of the work put in by his team in the derby, but could not hide a twinge of regret at the number of opportunities that passed them by

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was happy with his side’s 1-1 Serie A draw against Inter on Sunday, but still counselled his players to take better advantage of their chances when presented.

After Stephen el Shaarawy broke the deadlock, the Rossoneri spurned a number of openings that could have put them out of sight by half-time, but instead, Ezequiel Scheletto equalised to earn the Nerazzurri a share of the spoils.

And the missed opportunities were not lost on Allegri, who told reporters: “We need to score goals when we get the chance, because we cannot expect to have the game in hand for the entire 90 minutes. We have to take our chances better.

“When a match is hanging by a thread, you have to kill it off. Possession is crucial when you are in control of a game, but we gave the ball away too many times tonight.

“But I'm not angry. I congratulated the boys. I'm happy with what the team has done especially in the first half. Despite dropping a little in intensity after the break, we allowed little and Christian Abbiati made one good save.

“We should’ve controlled possession better to make Inter run after us, as we ended up doing things that we shouldn’t in a game like this. In the first half Inter couldn’t get near us and we should’ve been better with them being tired after the break, but we didn’t.

“I think the team remains in good shape and this was an ‘away’ game against Inter. It’s a shame, as we should’ve won, but then we beat Udinese at the 92nd minute when we deserved a draw, so that is football.”

The 45-year-old trainer also reflected on his future, with reports linking him with the Roma job next season, despite Milan president Silvio Berlusconi pledging to keep him at the club with a pay-rise.

“I am very happy at Milan and was pleased with the president’s words, though I already knew he had faith in me,” maintained Allegri.

“He proved that by not firing me after seven rounds! We are in good shape at the moment and hope to continue our form.”