Vincenzo Montella says Milan lacked both determination and quality in their defeat to Sampdoria.
Second half goals by Duvan Zapata and Ricardo Alvarez handed Marco Giampaolo’s team a deserved victory and the Rossoneri their second defeat of the season.
“We didn’t like the performance,” Montella reflected after defeat at Marassi.
“We were insufficient both in determination and quality. We were still in the game even if Samp had several chances in the first half, but we didn’t have mental clarity and we have to figure out why.”
The former Fiorentina boss added that nobody in his team could say they had played well against the Blucerchiati.
“Nobody put in a good performance today. We are still a work in progress, we’ve got a lot of talent in the side, so more work is needed going forward.
“This is not a project that can be written off already.”
Montella admitted that he will need to conduct an investigation as to why Milan performed so poorly in Genoa this afternoon.
“I was disappointed by the performance and we need to work out why it happened. We were psychologically running on empty. Perhaps for some the third game in seven days was a problem, but we need to analyse the situation.”
Cristian Zapata was selected to try to negate the threat posed by cousin Duvan, but instead ended up gifting the Samp forward the chance to open the scoring.
“I chose Cristian Zapata because he was physically more suited to defending against the other Zapata,” Montella explained.