Sunday April 23 2017
Montella: 'Milan will recover'

Vincenzo Montella admits he was surprised by Suso’s penalty miss, but feels the defeat to Empoli “won’t make much difference.”

The Rossoneri had the chance to break five points clear of the chasing pack in sixth place, but instead fell 2-1 at home to e relegation-threatened side.

“We can’t just read the result and assume everything from there, as in the last 15 minutes we created so many chances and objectively should’ve at least equalised,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“We lack determination in our finishing and the final ball. The team did what it was supposed to do, but you win games like this with that extra bit of determination in the box.

“I am disappointed by the result, but the lads tried to the very end to turn it around. In the first 20 minutes, we had about six shots on target, five of them from the edge of the box. Then we lost intensity.

“The team improved after the break. We can do more, but today the team did have some good things. It’s just a shame about the result.”

There were seven minutes of stoppages and Gianluigi Donnarumma was furious with the referee at the final whistle.

“The referee did well, unfortunately in Italy they know how to waste time.”

Suso had the chance to equalise from the penalty spot, but his weak and central finish was parried by Lukasz Skorupski.

“I expected him to score,” confessed Montella. “In Doha he had a similar attempt and it went in, but I didn’t take into account that Skorupski has huge feet!

“Milan are having a season that is in line with expectations. The race for Europe will be decided in the final round, we can’t get downhearted after this defeat and I don’t think it will ultimately make much difference.”

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