Vincenzo Montella wants above all to “see a reaction” from Milan in the Europa League trip to Austria Vienna after their Serie A setback.
It kicks off in Vienna on Thursday at 18.00 UK time (17.00 GMT).
The Rossoneri had won every game between Serie A and the Europa League preliminary rounds until Sunday’s 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Lazio.
“It was an ugly defeat that needs to be put behind us,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“Regardless of systems and qualities, tomorrow I want to see a reaction, because the team is fired up for this game. We are not the side seen against Lazio, so it is above all important to give a response in terms of temperament.
“It is important for us to be back in Europe, as this is where Milan belong and must be honoured. The first objective is to get through the group phase, then we’ll see.
“Austria Vienna are a side in continual movement, organised and attacking. They can change roles and I think it’ll be difficult on a defensive level for us. It’ll be a game of running and transition, very different to Italian football.
“We’re not underestimating them, we have studied Austria Vienna carefully and it’s up to us to get the game on the right track.”
Montella has been teasing a three-man defence to make the most of Leonardo Bonucci’s characteristics, so which Milan will we see in Vienna?
“I am convinced that I have players in the squad allowing me various tactical possibilities. I don’t think we’ll change much compared to recent games.
“We have won six out of seven games and hope to continue with that sort of pattern. A defeat every seven games would mean at least second place!”
Ricardo Rodriguez was not included in the trip because of fatigue, while Andrea Conti and Fabio Borini also miss out.
“In modern football, it’s important to include everyone in the squad and not just focus on 11 players. Nikola Kalinic’s fitness levels are improving, he is altruistic and knows how to attack the space. I expect him to show off his best characteristics.
“Jack Bonaventura makes us more unpredictable and his fitness levels are growing. I have to focus on the long-term, as there are six matches coming up over 20 days. I can’t always play the same XI.
“There are few players out there like Suso, as he is decisive and can take men on. He can play inside, as a support striker or on the wing.”
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