Sinisa Mihajlovic was impressed with his “tough” Milan and with a draw at Napoli trusts “we can fight for third place.”
Only three sides have emerged undefeated from the San Paolo this season – Sampdoria, Roma and Milan – as Jack Bonaventura replied to Lorenzo Insigne’s goal for a 1-1 draw.
“It was an extremely difficult game in a stadium where it is almost impossible to win,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“Let’s not forget this season Napoli got 10 victories and just two draws here this season.
“Napoli dominated the game and took the initiative, as they had to, while we tried to hurt them with as many counter-attacks as possible. This is the way we had to prepare the game, as we could do nothing else.
“After seven games unbeaten, even against Fiorentina, Inter and Napoli, we too can fight for third place if we keep up this form.
“We did well defensively today, but could’ve done more in attack. We need more character and determination, but I compliment the lads because they are becoming tough, the way I like them.
“Napoli were undoubtedly a little tired too after a big game against Villarreal on Thursday. Fortunately we only play once a week, so we can prepare well in training.”
It’s a remarkable turnaround considering Napoli won 4-0 at San Siro when these teams last met in October.
“The lads showed great character this evening and we ensured Gonzalo Higuain did not get a single decent ball. We knew it had to be a game of sacrifice from everyone.
“We did well to react immediately to going behind. We even had a chance to win it at the end with M’Baye Niang, but that would’ve been too much.”