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Allegri talks up goalless draw

19 September 2012 02:48

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri declared his side's goalless Champions League draw with Anderlecht as a 'step forward'.

Allegri's side were unable to beat the Belgian outfit in the Group C clash at the San Siro as their poor form at home continued.

Milan – who saw stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Motta move to big-spending Paris Saint-Germain in the off-season – lost their first two home fixtures of the current Serie A campaign but Allegri says he saw minor signs of improvement in the Champions League fixture.

"In the first half, the team made several mistakes," Allegri said.

"This is not a good time for us, and the fans are asking us to win every game. After the restart, we created some good chances, but lacked that killer instinct.

"There is a lot of pressure on the team at the moment and a victory would have been a relief for us. In the second half (Anderlecht) didn't have a single shot on target and not conceding represents a step forward for us.

"At the moment we have to take it day by day. In the end I am fairly satisfied. We didn't have a bad game, even though a victory would have been better for our confidence."

Mathieu Flamini, Urby Emanuelson and Stephan El Shaarawy all went close to scoring for Milan in the match but the best chance fell to Anderlecht's Lucas Biglia in the second half.

The forward was put through on goal thanks to a terrific pass from Dieudonne Mbokani but fired his shot wide.

Anderlecht coach John van den Brom was still pleased with his side's performance though.

"The tactical plans were carried out very well, a great compliment to the boys," van den Brom said.

"This point is more than well deserved. I am proud of the fantastic performance we put on in this match. We searched for a way to be able to battle against Milan, and we found it. I have underlined the importance of organisation and it is that which has earned us the point."

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