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AC Milan coach Allegri shrugs off derby defeat

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has dismissed their defeat to Inter Milan.

The Rossoneri ended the game with 67 per cent possession, but were beaten 1-0 by a Diego Milito strike.

"I don't think this changes anything. This weekend the two joint leaders managed a point between them, so little really changed. What did happen is that we lost the derby and Inter are back in the Scudetto race," said the Coach.

"If you look at the game, Inter just waited to strike on the counter-attack and played with 10 men behind the ball, so it wasn't easy for us to find space. We had to score early or face a brick wall.

"Milito did very well, as he only had a tiny corridor to get the ball in and he placed it perfectly. We could've scored many times, but instead were caught on the counter-attack. Ignazio Abate also made a similar mistake two years ago against Milito and I could see in his face that he was heartbroken.

"Inter are a very physical side who defend better in tight spaces. Perhaps I could've put Robinho on straight after the break, but we were playing well and Pato's pace was important in the one-on-one against Lucio and Walter Samuel.

"We had a few chances to equalise, but weren't sharp enough and the goalkeeper performed some fine saves. Ultimately Milan played and Inter defended."

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