AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was pleased with their 1-1 draw against Champions League opponents Malaga.
The Rossoneri earned a 1-1 draw to stay second in their Champions League group, but are only one point clear of Anderlecht and two from Zenit.
“It’s a battle for the final two games. Right to the final match with Zenit everything will be in the balance, but that was always going to be the case regardless of tonight’s result.
“Champions League games are always difficult, especially against Malaga,” said the Coach.
“We had to keep the tempo up, just as we did in the second half, though paradoxically when playing with less intensity we created more chances.
“The lads had a good game and we made some mistakes after the break in our passing, which can happen. We ought to be more precise. In the first half we did very well on the right side, while on the left Stephan El Shaarawy was too static and gave them more reference points.
“The team is improving and I was glad to see the intensity in the second half. Let’s not forget we had four lads today who are under 24, so it is a chapter in their growth and maturation.
“Physically we are in good shape and unfortunately Ignazio Abate’s injury meant we wasted a substitution.”