Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes that his team deserved to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The seven-times winners held Spurs to a goalless draw in the second leg of their last-16 encounter at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening but went out of the competition 1-0 on aggregate after losing the first leg at San Siro last month.
However, coach Allegri thinks that Milan should have gone through and said after the match, “The team put in a fine performance tonight and I think over the two legs we deserved to go through.
“Unfortunately, that mistake in the first leg cost us dearly. This evening my Milan did everything it possibly could, showing intensity and technique. We only lacked something in the finishing.
“We created the chances with Robinho and Alexandre Pato, so there was nothing more we could do and I have to compliment these lads.
“This performance must give us more confidence going back into the Serie A race, as we have been improving for a while now.
“I still cannot be satisfied, as there is a great deal of bitterness at going out, but I am comforted by the way my lads fought.”
Allegri, though, had praise for veteran midfielder Clarence Seedorf and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“Usually the players don’t make these purely technical errors, but this was a difficult game,” he noted.
“I am happy for Clarence Seedorf, as I really liked him in front of the defence. Zlatan Ibrahimovic lacked something in terms of finishing, but all the front three did well and were only missing a goal. They moved brilliantly.”