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    18.09.2016 21:04 - in: Serie A S

    Allegri: “Feet back on the ground”

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    Massimiliano Allegri gives his verdict on Sunday’s 2-1 reverse to Inter at the San Siro

    Following Sunday’s 2-1 reverse to Inter at the San Siro, Massimiliano Allegri pointed to plenty of areas for improvement from the Bianconeri, whilst acknowledging that their opponents had made life difficult for them on the night:

    “Inter played well, but we failed to maintain our concentration tonight. We lost possession too easily and let them counter-attack too often. They did well to create chances, but as soon as we took the lead we needed to show that savvy in order to bring home the three points.”

    Allegri would reserve some praise to Miralem Pjanic’s midfield display, the Bosnian deployed in the deep-lying role in place of the rested Mario Lemina.

    “Pjanic was diligent in possession and effective in breaking up Inter’s attacks. Lemina only started nine matches last season and I considered it too much of a risk to field him in so many matches in a row.

    “Our problem tonight primarily lay in the fact that we made too many mistakes and rushed things when we should have been controlling possession better.”

    Looking forwards, Allegri stressed that his charges now had to keep their feet on the ground and roll their socks up again for a busy period of fixtures, which see them take on Cagliari, Palermo and Dinamo Zagreb over the next nine days.

    “We now have a run of important matches and we need to return to winning ways, remembering that we have to do the business on the pitch in order to secure the results we want.

    “Today’s defeat isn’t a tragedy and could actually be a blessing in disguise if we react in a sufficiently mature manner.”

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