Massimiliano Allegri paid due credit to Atalanta but also praised his own team after they fought back from a goal down to earn a draw in Bergamo despite playing with ten men.
“We could have won it at the end but it's still a good result against an excellent side,” the coach said in the wake of the 2-2 draw at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.
“We were good in the first half and they scored from their only chance. We could have got a second but we knew we were in for a battle today. We did well to stay in the game after going down to ten men."
Rodrigo Bentancur's sending off certainly influenced the match and while Allegri didn't contest the referee's decision he did point out that the controversy created in the recent days does nothing to help match officials or the Italian game.
“[Luca] Banti had a good game but I think talking about referees before matches shows a lack of finesse. I got a bit angry today and I'm sorry about that but we should be setting an example for the fans. If we want to improve things in Italy, we need to improve our football culture.”