AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri hit out at the media after their 1-0 win over Chievo.
Sulley Muntari struck the only goal of the game as Milan snapped a recent winless streak.
Allegri declared: "Tonight it was an extremely important game. We didn't play well, but if we didn't win then we could definitively drop out of the Scudetto race.
"We brought home a crucial result despite missing so many players. We had to field a 19-year-old and we saw Rodney Strasser, Gennaro Gattuso and Mario Yepes make their comebacks.
"The criticism of Milan has been excessive," continued Allegri. "Everyone was waiting for us to fall, but fortunately we got back up again. Even when we were four points ahead there was a media campaign against us, as everybody was calling for our defeat.
"This evening the lads were able to keep the Scudetto race alive. Some had already performed our funeral, but we're not dead yet."