UEFA Champions League

October 24, 2012



1 - 0

AC Milan

Group C

18:45 +00:00, October 24, 2012

La Rosaleda, Spain

Allegri calm after defeat

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri rued his side's wasteful use of the ball in their 1-0 loss to Malaga on Wednesday evening, but believes the experimental 3-4-3 formation was to blame.

The Rossoneri have lost six of 11 matches in all competitions this term, but Allegri maintains Milan will improve as the season progresses.

"The first half didn't go badly, but after the break we struggled as we couldn't emerge from our own half due to their possession and us giving the ball away cheaply," he told Mediaset. "We had some good chances in the first half, wasting the final ball and making the wrong decisions. Despite not allowing Malaga that much, we still conceded a goal.

"This was our first time using this system and I think it was a decent performance from the team, though we should've defended higher up the field. I think the team is more protected with this system and of course we will improve with practice. That's not to say we won't ever return to four at the back, but right now we need to find some balance.

"The lads gave all they possibly could. We have to improve in the final third, where we often get it wrong, but the team played a good game. I used this system so the wing-backs could get to the by-line and provide more service for Giampaolo Pazzini."

Assistant manager Mauro Tassotti and Frank Rijkaard have been linked with the top job in Milan in recent days, but Allegri insists he has been given the full backing of the board.

"I haven't spoken to anyone after the game, but the president called me today. We all know we are in a difficult moment, I am the first to realise that, but I also say this team will recover due to the efforts they are putting in.

"We're still in second place in the Champions League group and must now focus on Genoa, who have changed coach and brought in Gigi Del Neri.

"Will I be on the bench on Saturday? You'd have to ask the club. I am disappointed with the result considering what the lads did, but Milan do not deserve this position in the table.

"How do we get out of this? We beat Genoa on Saturday. It's the only course of action."

Scoring Summary

Malaga AC Milan
Joaquín (64')