MILAN - AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti refused to rule his side out of the Serie A title race after a 4-2 defeat at Juventus on Sunday. Milan, who were without the injured Kaka, Mathieu Flamini and Gennaro Gattuso, are now nine points behind leaders Inter Milan and three behind second-placed Juve after 16 games. The Rossoneri, only fifth last season, host faltering Udinese next weekend before a mid-season break when David Beckham joins on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy. "I think there will definitely be a reaction to this defeat. The winter break will be useful as we will get some players back," former Juve boss Ancelotti told Sky. "From a defensive point of view, we gave them too much. We started the game really well. We've had a lot of injuries and been without some important players." Brazilian-born striker Amauri, signed for 22.8 million euros ($30.3 million) from Palermo in the close season having played for Chievo among others, grabbed two of Juve's goals. Juve coach Claudio Ranieri was thrilled with the 28-year-old, who is waiting for an Italian passport and may make himself available for Italy boss Marcello Lippi having never been called up by Brazil. "I expected it as the club paid lots of money for him. Amauri arrived at the right time, he has gained experience around Italy and has matured before joining us. He is doing great things," Ranieri beamed. "We knew Milan would start strongly and we suffered a lot in the first 10 minutes but I had faith."
14 December 2008
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