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AC Milan coach Galliani pleased with Beckham performance

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is unsure of how to take their 2-2 draw with Roma.

"I'm not sure if the glass is half-full or half-empty. The positives were all in the second half, especially going forward, but the negatives are the first half and the slow tempo with not a lot of movement. We were too static in possession," said Ancelotti.

"There is no point keeping the ball just for the sake of it, as that just invites counter-attacks."

Alexandre Pato struck twice for Milan, while new signing David Beckham started and Ancelotti continued: "I spoke with the players and told them I intended to play Beckham. We all decided to keep a low profile and not advertise the fact, that way avoiding excessive media attention and pressure on his shoulders.

"Beckham has proved in the few days he has been with us that he is a tactically intelligent player who can provide balance. He also trained well and is in good shape physically, so this was his reward for settling in so quickly.

"I think everyone is happy that Beckham has arrived. I will never tire of pointing out he is an exemplary professional who works hard and everyone knows the situation, so there is no point penalising him because he will only be here for two months."

Beckham whipped some of his trademark crosses into the box, but there are no real powerhouses for the Rossoneri.

"We need [Marco] Borriello in certain situations. Without him we have to play in a slightly different way, but [Alexandre] Pato is turning into a striker of extraordinary quality, so we'll enjoy his form right now.

"I asked Ronaldinho to play in a more central role and he needs to get used to that new position and the sacrifice for the team."

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