Sinisa Mihajlovic admits Mario Balotelli’s injury is “more serious than expected” and his Milan bench is precarious.
The Rossoneri aim to end their crisis against Sassuolo, which kicks off on Sunday at 14.00 GMT. Click here for a match preview.
“Since the start of the season we’ve been trying to find consistency in our performances,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“The team plays well, then makes a mistake caused by fear and cannot recover from it. I am working to resolve these problems. I’m not being presumptuous, but I have the moral character to achieve this and if I don’t then they need to call an exorcist.
“I know how football works. If the results aren’t there, football has its rules. I believe that before changing Coach, the club must see if the team is behind him. Milan are working hard to emerge from this difficult moment and I remain convinced I can solve Milan’s problems.
“At this moment we are not a top club, but we’re fighting to become one again. It takes time, as in recent years Milan lost their spine, the core of the old guard. I don’t know how long it will take, but this team has the quality to do better.
“It won’t be easy tomorrow, as Sassuolo are on fine form. I am focused only on improving the side. Some choices are not down to me, but in football the rules when results don’t come are pretty clear. I thought it would be simpler, but we go forward with optimism.
“The ideal would be to play well and get a result. Winning helps you to win and at this moment we really need a victory. We mustn’t fear anyone.
“How do I fix things? Sometimes you need to get angry in public, sometimes in private. It depends on how you want to push the team forward. Sometimes you need the carrot, other times the stick.”
There are mounting injury problems, as Balotelli is still not training due to a sports hernia and Carlos Bacca is also in doubt.
“Balotelli feels better in some moments and worse in others. He’s working, he’s having the right treatment and we hope to get him back as soon as possible. It is a more serious issue than we were expecting.”