AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri insists that his side were not inferior to Fiorentina despite their 1-3 loss to the visitors.
"Fiorentina played well and kept possession, but we gifted them two goals from throw-ins. We did not react well and that is unacceptable," he was quoted as saying Sunday by Xinhua.
"The Viola ran hard and pressed us around the field, but they didn't really have many chances aside from the ones we gave them.
"It was a fairly balanced encounter. Fiorentina kept possession, but it is chances that count in football."
Allegri also defended Alexandre Pato for his poor performance including a missed penalty kick.
"Pato had done well Tuesday, so I thought he would grow and improve by playing more. The problem is that our style of football needs us to run at full speed and playing every three days we can't do that.
"Sometimes we have to play badly and try to get a result anyway. We ought to avoid the slips in concentration.
"It's a shame about the results, as we could've gone up to sixth place today and did not manage it," he said.