Coach Filippo Inzaghi rejected claims that Milan were too defensive against Internazionale in last night's derby.
The goalless draw leaves the Rossoneri in ninth place as they continue to struggle to qualify for next season's Europa League.
But Inzaghi says there is still hope ahead of the last few games of the season.
"I expected more [from my side] between the 20th and 45th minute of the game," Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italy.
"That is when we created a number of important goal-scoring opportunities and we should have scored. But we knew we had to struggle [against Internazionale] but we gave everything out there.
"We tried to win the game, I inserted [Mattia] Destro and [Alessio] Cerci but it wasn't enough. We should have taken the lead in the first half, in the second half we tried to win but we should have been more clinical in front of goal.
"There are still hopes [to qualify for Europe] although two consecutive draws do slow you down.
"But we didn't lose ground because of the derby, we lost ground in January and February but there is no use talking about the past."