Vincenzo Montella insists he left Carlos Bacca on the bench against Sampdoria purely as part of squad rotation.
The 30-year-old forward scored the winner after replacing Gianluca Lapadula just after the hour mark, with reports in Italian media having suggested the Colombian had fallen out with the Rossoneri Coach.
“Bacca? Everything was under control,” Montella told Mediaset following victory at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
“There was a normal rotation, we have three games in a week. Bacca came on with the right desire to help us win the match.”
The former Fiorentina boss then explained his thinking behind playing a deep defensive line and hailed the importance of his team’s victory.
“We preferred not to stay high up because with the speed of attackers Samp have we were worried about staying too high up.
“Milan in the second half did a lot more to win. The temperament of the team pleased me a lot.
“It was a very difficult and very precious victory.”