Massimiliano Allegri expressed his disappointment after seeing the Bianconeri leave Genoa empty-handed following Luca Antonini’s winner in the fourth minute of added time.
The manager criticised his players’ naivety in neglecting their defensive duties during the last 30 seconds of the game and hopes tonight’s defeat will serve as an important lesson for the future.
Speaking after the final whistle in Liguria, Allegri began: “I can only criticise my players for the last 30 seconds. Leagues are also won with draws and you can’t concede such a goal in the dying stages.
“Tonight we hit the post and Perin made two or three excellent stops. These types of games are there for the taking, but when you’re unable to get the win, they certainly cannot be lost. We had six on two for their goal and should have defended well, instead we were perhaps trying to win the ball back in order to go up the other end and score.
“We did everything we could to win and the pitch certainly didn’t do us any favours. It was a surface unfit for Serie A. We must take heed of tonight’s result and grow in maturity. The lads have character, technical ability, desire and intelligence. We need to take the positives out of tonight’s game in order to avoid committing more mistakes in the future.”