Riccardo Montolivo says the scepticism around Milan reminds him of the doubters who questioned Italy ahead of Euro 2012.
“The cynicism being created around Milan is like that which was placed on the national side in the summer,” the midfielder, who helped his country reach the Euro 2012 Final, stated.
“We changed people’s opinions at the time by listening to our Coach and by having faith in our abilities. We need to do the same here.
“Milan are not what people are saying we are.”
The Diavolo have had a problematic start to the season and they’ll take on Zenit in Russia tomorrow after opening their Champions League campaign with a 0-0 against Anderlecht.
“The Champions League is the ideal stage to pick ourselves up,” added the player who has recently returned from injury.
“I missed the Anderlecht game, but I’m happy to be back in the Champions League after my last experience against Bayern Munich with Fiorentina two years ago.
“I’m still not 100 per cent fit and I know that I haven’t given Milan everything that I can yet, but I hope to do that tomorrow.”