MILAN - Ignazio Abate spoke to the press after the match. He said: "The coach asked me to play in that role and I was willing to. I have been running a lot after two months out so I was spent at the end, it is a shame about the result. Paradoxically, they got the third goal in our best moment. We didn't deserve the scoreline and we battled away. I spoke with Mario in the dressing room, he may not always show it but he is a sensitive person. We have to stay focused because we have the league and the Champions League. Essien has been around and he is a great champion, he is a great buy. Taarbat did very well. We need to improve as a team, we have a week of work ahead and the next match will see improvements."