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Allegri happy with shut-out

AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri took some comfort from a rare clean sheet despite his side's failure to beat a spirited Sampdoria on Sunday night.

Milan were perhaps lucky to avoid defeat at the Marassi as a rejuvenated Samp dominated proceedings, with Mauro Icardi, Andrea Poli and Daniele Gastaldello all spurning clear-cut chances to complete a first league double over the Diavolo since the 1996-97 season.

Following last night's stalemate, seventh-placed Milan have only kept four clean sheets in the current Serie A campaign, but Allegri believes his side still have an excellent chance of qualifying for Europe.

He told acmilan.com: "We didn't concede and it's been a while since that happened.

"It's true that we didn't score but we're in a good position in the league, we have to keep on working to achieve decent results before the end of the campaign.

"This year, the league is much more balanced and there are a lot of teams trying to get into the European places.

"Considering our disastrous start to the season, we've improved a lot and we're on an average of two points per game.

"We have to continue to improve, starting from the match against Bologna. The young players all did well."