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Ancelotti blames fatigue as AC Milan held by Fiorentina

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti blamed fatigue after drawing 1-1 with Fiorentina last night.

"I am always angry when we don't get the maximum points, but in this case we did everything we possibly could," said Ancelotti.

"We tried to win and ran quite a few risks, but so soon after our last game (Super Cup) it was understandable we had some difficulties."

Kaka had opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but Adrian Mutu's header drew Fiorentina level in the second half.

"After that equaliser we took back the initiative and wanted the victory, so we poured forward and became a little unbalanced, but I cannot fault my team for anything. We faced a strong side that were organised, fresh and made life difficult for us."

The only change from the Montecarlo starting XI was Alberto Gilardino in for Pippo Inzaghi, but he was jeered continually by the demanding San Siro crowd.

"This was not a missed opportunity for Gila to shine. He tried to move around and cause problems for the defence. I think he went well and we should not reproach him," assured Ancelotti.

"At times we poured forward in waves without a great deal of patience or organisation, but at least that is a sign of a team with heart."

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