Antonio Nocerino is confident that he and his Milan side will be able to silence their critics this season.
The Rossoneri have had a nightmare start to the campaign as they have lost four of their seven League games, while Nocerino is struggling for a regular shirt due to a system change.
“I don’t know how boss Massimiliano Allegri puts up with you,” he responded to journalists on Wednesday morning.
“We have to wait until the end of the season before making judgements. To do so now would not be very intelligent.
“We’ll work hard to get the maximum out of the season. I’m not saying the Scudetto, but I am talking about second or third.
“Seventh or eighth place is not the best we can do. We are not just any team, Milan are Milan. You have to respect us, to criticise us would be madness.
“This club has made history and you can’t just forget what has happened in the past.”
The Italian international was a revelation last season after he scored 10 League goals following his €500,000 move from Palermo. It has been a different story this term.
“I wasn’t Pele last season and I’ve not turned into a scarce player today,” he continued. “I’ve heard all sorts of things about me since the start of the season, but I’m just working hard in a calm manner.
“I’m being attacked strongly this term because I did well last season. Kevin Prince Boateng is going through the same thing. I’ll get my revenge.
“I hope the Coach changes the system, otherwise I’ll just have to adapt. I can play as a full-back, behind the strikers or on the left-hand side, but I’m not stupid – I know there are better players than me in certain roles.”
Milan are next in action on Saturday when they take on high-flying Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
“Lazio are a side in form, but we’ll take them on with the aim of getting a positive result – that could be the turning point of our season.”