Gasp switched to a four-man defence after President Moratti's very public appeals for him to shelve the 3-4-3 system.
"This story about President Moratti pressuring me is not true. He has always been very supportive towards me. We discuss things, but don't make it look as if it's something that it's not.
"The Palermo defeat sparked a great deal of criticism that was exaggerated. This was an important lesson tonight, as we improved considerably and can do far better.
"We started just two days before the season kicked off, so there are problems in gelling the side, but nobody can doubt our effort.
"Paradoxically, this could prove to be a very important defeat to spark a reaction in the side. This is a very solid, positive and united squad.
"On the field we need to find the right balance. There have been steps forward, but we need more."