Milan came away from Amsterdam with a Champions League point after their 1-1 draw.
"Ajax started very strong and they make possession their greatest weapon," said Montolivo.
"Perhaps we were a little too deep in the first half, but the game changed after the break and we could've taken the lead."
"Balotelli is our added value and simply too important for this team. He made mistakes, but these things happen and you can't make someone carry the cross forever."
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