Montella optimistic despite draw

AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella says he felt sorry for his team after Ivan Perisic's 95th-minute strike condemned them to a 2-2 draw in the Milan derby.

Montella revealed that club president Silvio Berlusconi wasn't particularly pleased after his side threw away a two-goal lead, but is adamant his side can be proud of their performance.

"The president was a little upset at the final result, but he complimented the lads," he told Mediaset Premium.

"I was sorry for them, but we can go home and sleep soundly with a smile because we put in a great performance and showed great spirit.

"Inter scored their goal on a set play in the 95th minute. It was almost the perfect evening. I try to see the glass half full.

"In the second half we started well and were superior, but Inter equalised on two fortuitous chances. Maybe Inter didn't deserve to lose either, but if Milan had won then nobody could've claimed we didn't deserve it.

"We ask so much from our lads, so a dip in concentration can happen every now and then.

"Seeing the opposition celebrate a 95th-minute equaliser as if they had won, considering this is a team constructed to win the Scudetto, is something to be proud of."

AC Milan occupy the third position on the latest Serie A standings, while Inter languishes in ninth after 13 matches played thus far.

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