Milan had the better chances, insists Galliani

The Rossoneri director felt his side deserved better, but is brimming with confidence ahead of a series of difficult games

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani feels Filippo Inzaghi’s men got the better chances in Sunday’s Serie A encounter with rivals Inter and believes they deserved more than a 1-1 draw.

Jeremy Menez gave Milan the lead before the break, but Joel Obi levelled the scoring again after the interval to ensure the Derby della Madonnina ended all square.

“It was a balanced match, but we had the clearer chances. They also struck the bar through [Mauro] Icardi, but [Stephan] El Shaarawy’s chance was clearer,” Galliani told the official Milan website.

“What a shame about the last chance through [Andrea] Poli. If he had shot with his left foot, maybe it would have gone in. And then there was the crossbar by El Shaarawy.”

Irrespective of the two points lost, Galliani saw plenty of positives and is hopeful Milan can keep on growing in the weeks to come.

“We didn’t suffer that much. In defence, with respects to the start, we improved a lot. You can always concede one goal. It seems to me that we’re growing.

“Maybe tomorrow I will appreciate this point. Next Sunday we have an important match against Udinese and then we have Genoa, Napoli and Roma. From now until Christmas we have four sides in the top half of the table, we will have to be alert.”

Milan sit seventh in the Serie A table with 18 points from 12 games.

Milan need Torres to start scoring – Inzaghi

The Rossoneri boss is confident the striker can enjoy a watershed moment just as Hernan Crespo did under Carlo Ancelotti after his drought continued against Inter

Pippo Inzaghi admits AC Milan need Fernando Torres to find his goalscoring touch – but is confident it is simply a matter of time.

The 30-year-old has scored just once since his loan move from Chelsea in the summer and endured another frustrating night in the 1-1 draw against Inter on Sunday.

Inzaghi, however, believes Torres will quickly find a breakthrough in his scoring drought, pointing to another former Chelsea striker as proof of the virtue of patience.

“I believe Torres will soon get back on the scoresheet and I hope so, as we need his goals,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I tried to improve the level of quality in attack with players like [Keisuke] Honda, [Jeremy] Menez, [Stephan] El Shaarawy and [Giacomo] Bonaventura to provide better service for him.

“I am trying to put the best team out to get the best out of him. He does well in training, but not every game goes the same way.

“Torres gives his all and I always use the example of Hernan Crespo. Carlo Ancelotti stuck with him when he didn’t score for two months, then when he made the breakthrough he never stopped scoring.”

Menez’s fine first-half strike was cancelled out by Joel Obi’s first ever Serie A goal on Sunday and Inzaghi admitted it was frustrating not to have seen out the win.

“It’s disappointing to have some clear chances and not win,” he said. “However, my team gave everything they had and it was a balanced game. Inter did well, too.

“Inter were pushing without making much of an impact, but they scored on our mistake. We know that we have to grow, but I believe the spirit, hunger and some of our moves were very good.

“The derby showed there are two teams who are works in progress, still under construction, and so there are going to be peaks and troughs.

“There was a change of coach, so that gave Inter new enthusiasm. Maybe there is a regret that we didn’t make more of our scoring opportunities, but right now we mustn’t look at the table. We need to look at the character and determination of this team.”

Mancini: I don't know how long it will take to fix Inter

The 49-year-old is pleased with how his side performed in the 1-1 draw against AC Milan but believes it will take time for the players to adapt to his methods

Inter coach Roberto Mancini admits that he does not know how long it will take his charges to adapt to his tactics.

Walter Mazzarri was fired during the international break after leading the Nerazzurri to a poor start to the season, with the former Manchester City boss returning to his old club in his stead.

The 2010 European champions drew with local rivals AC Milan during his first game in charge on Sunday and the 49-year-old says he needs time to fix the team’s problems.

“Derbies are always difficult and this was no different,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I am very happy with the way the team moved, as with five days together to change a system after a year and a half playing 3-5-2 was not easy. They all did very well.

“I don’t expect to change a team completely in five days, especially when the systems are different. It will take time, but our objective is to win as many games as possible quickly, even if we’re not at 100 per cent.

“It takes a while, even though many of these players have already used a four-man defence, especially on international duty. It just takes time and I honestly don’t know how long.”

Mancini’s next game is a Europa League clash with Dnipro at San Siro.

AC Milan 1-1 Inter: Obi strike seals point on Mancini's return

A brilliant finish from Jeremy Menez put the Rossoneri in front before the Nigerian midfielder’s accurate drive ensured the derby spoils were shared

A second-half strike from Joel Obi earned a point for Roberto Mancini upon his Serie A return as Inter held AC Milan to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Former Manchester City boss Mancini was confirmed as Walter Mazzarri’s successor during the international break - marking his return to the club he left in 2008.

Mancini won three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia crowns in his four-your spell at the Inter helm, but he failed to get his latest tenure off to a winning start at San Siro on Sunday.

Despite applying the early pressure, Inter found themselves a goal down after 23 minutes when Jeremy Menez volleyed home superbly from 12 yards.

Inter struggled in their push for an equaliser, but eventually got back on terms shortly after the hour mark - Obi driving a low effort beyond Diego Lopez.

Stephan El Shaarawy should have done better when he hit the crossbar after 75 minutes, before Mauro Icardi lifted a half-volley just over four minutes later.

But the spoils were shared in a result that will not do either side any favours as they remain languishing in mid-table.

Mancini opted for a four-man defence, in contrast to predecessor Mazzari’s preference for playing three at the back, but a more conservative approach was not apparent in the opening seconds, with Milan captain Philippe Mexes lucky to escape punishment when he appeared to pull down Icardi just outside the penalty area within the first minute.

Icardi then failed to capitalise on a misplaced pass from Sulley Muntari, brought in for Nigel de Jong as one of three Milan changes, after eight minutes – thwarted by goalkeeper Diego Lopez after stealing into the box.

It was all Inter in the early stages, and Lopez had to be alert once again shortly after denying Icardi, when Fredy Guarin drew a diving save from the Spaniard with a driven effort from 20 yards.

However, it only took one shot on target for Milan to take the lead.

El Shaarawy floated a cross into the area from the left, with Menez on hand to find the back of the net with a delightful side-footed volley from a central position.

The goal seemed to settle Milan, while Inter struggled to carve out any opportunities to level as they went in behind at the break.

Giacomo Bonaventura fired wide via a deflection seven minutes into the second half, before Icardi blasted over at the other end after Lopez’s parry from a Zdravko Kuzmanovic strike resulted in a goalmouth scramble.

However, Inter were level soon after – Obi picking up a loose Cristian Zapata clearance to direct his effort low into the bottom right-hand corner.

Fernando Torres had spoken during the week of his desire to end the season as Milan’s top goalscorer following a disappointing start to life in Italy, but the Chelsea loanee offered nothing in attack and was hauled off in favour of current leading scorer Keisuke Honda after 73 minutes.

El Shaarawy should have restored Milan’s lead 15 minutes from time, but – after seeing Icardi squander a similar one-on-one situation in the first half – he lifted onto the ball onto crossbar, before Samir Handanovic kept out Honda’s first effort on goal.

Icardi sent a half-volley agonisingly over before time was up, and Andrea Poli saw a last-gasp effort deflected wide by Andrea Ranocchia as the sides claimed a point apiece.

Torres: Playing in the Milan derby is a dream

The striker, on loan from Chelsea, says the fans are looking at him to make the difference and is very much looking forward to Sunday’s clash

Fernando Torres says he has “always dreamed of playing” in a derby match between AC Milan and Inter.

The striker, currently on a two-year loan at the Rossoneri, is preparing for his first Derby della Madonnina at the San Siro on Sunday evening.

The two sides are separated by just one point heading into the clash, with Milan on a run of four games without a win.

Torres says he has been looking forward to the match since he arrived at the club and knows the fans are looking to him to make the difference,

“Milan vs Inter is one of those games I have always dreamed of playing, ever since I was a kid,” he told Milan Channel.

“In August, the moment I arrived here, I immediately looked up the game with Inter on the fixture list.

“The Rossoneri fans have continued asking me to score and win the derby.”

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