Sep 28, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​San Siro
AC Milan
1-0
Sampdoria
Birsa (46')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Costa (14'), Gavazzi (34'), Krsticic (72')

Massimiliano Allegri: "We won a difficult and important game"

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri prior to kick-off against Celtic during their Champions League group match on September 18, 2013
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AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says that he did not have to shout at his players during the half-time break against Sampdoria.

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has said that he did not have to rant at his players in order to inspire them at half time against Sampdoria.

The Rossoneri were rejuvenated after the break at the San Siro, with Valter Birsa scoring what proved to be the only goal of the game moments after the restart.

"We won a difficult and important game, as we needed this win after three matches with just two points," Football Italia quotes Allegri as saying. "We also kept our first clean sheet.

"There was no need to shout [at half time]. At the moment when things are going badly you just need to reassure the lads. They have been putting in the effort and it's a question of centimetres between a goal and a wasted chance.

"I think the players should be complimented, as even in difficulty and tired they were able to control the game."

Milan are now eighth in Serie A ahead of tomorrow's fixtures.

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri prior to kick-off against Celtic during their Champions League group match on September 18, 2013
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