Beleaguered Allegri rues Viola loss

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri's, whose future is in doubt after the side lost to Fiorentina on Sunday feels simple mistakes were responsible for the reversal.

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After the game, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani did not come out to carry out his usual media duties, prompting press speculation that the club hierarchy might have lost faith in the manager. 

Allegri did show up for the post-match press conference, however, and stated that a couple of individual errors were responsible for his side's 3-1 loss at the San Siro. 

La Viola were impressive throughout the match and won courtesy of goals from Alberto Aquilani, Borja Valero and Mounir El Hamdaoui. Urby Emanuelson did claw one back for the hosts but the result, Milan's sixth loss in the current campaign, now sees the Rossoneri a massive 17 points away from the top of the table. 

"Fiorentina played well and kept possession, but we gifted them two goals from throw-ins. We did not react well and that is unacceptable," Allegri told reporters.

"The Viola ran hard and pressed us around the field, but we were too deep and feel regret because 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 attempted to defend Alexandre Pato's recent showings with the Brazilian striker going through an indifferent run of form. On Sunday the Brazilian missed a penalty and appeared like a player unsure of himself.

"Pato did well on Tuesday [against Malaga last week], 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 cannot 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 have gone up to sixth place today [Sunday] and did not manage it."

It has been rumoured within the Italian media that Galliani is set to hold talks with President Silvio Berlusconi in order to decide Allegri's future. Should the former Cagliari coach get the sack, assistant manager Mauro Tassotti will be promoted and the search could begin for a new manager.

Following their latest defeat, the Rossoneri are now 12 points behind third-placed Napoli and will play Walter Mazzarri's side on Saturday.

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