NEWS
Monday December 12 2016
Montella: 'Milan didn't deserve defeat'

Vincenzo Montella felt Milan “did not deserve” their 1-0 defeat against Roma, but won’t blame M’Baye Niang for the penalty.

Wojciech Szczesny saved a spot-kick from Niang in the first half, his second error in a row, and Radja Nainggolan secured the victory.

“Milan played well and after an initial 20 minutes of tactical stalemate, we emerged and could’ve gone in front with that penalty. It’s a pity that we lost, because we did not deserve this result,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“We are on the right track and competitive. It’s a shame for the lads, because they have belief in what they are doing. With a victory in the next game, we’ll have one foot in the Europa League.

“Roma were luckier this evening and nobody has been able to dominate us. We just lack a bit of experience and tonight Roma won thanks to an incident.

“Evidently Niang needs to work on a few things… If he didn’t feel up to taking the penalty, he would’ve given it to Lapadula. It’s a shame for M’Baye.

“Who will take the next penalty? We’ll see. We really missed Juraj Kucka today, as he has different characteristics to Mario Pasalic and Manuel Locatelli.

“Our objective is to qualify for the Europa League. We’ve been out of Europe for two or three years, so we have to consolidate our current position.”

“I replaced Gianluca Lapadula because he looked exhausted and wasn’t performing as well as usual. The same goes for Andrea Bertolacci.”