Sunday September 17 2017
Montella: 'Milan getting there'

Vincenzo Montella said Milan are “getting accustomed” to playing as a unit after their 2-1 win over Udinese and explained his choices.

Nikola Kalinic bagged a brace at San Siro, though Kevin Lasagna’s goal kept them on their toes.

“I liked the performance, but not so much the slip in concentration after the Udinese goal was disallowed, as that could’ve been costly,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“Overall, it was a step forward in various different ways, including the attitude. We could’ve finished it off earlier and must always remain concentrated.”

Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu were decisive in the 5-1 Europa League win midweek, but were rested here in favour of Suso as a support striker.

“Suso will get accustomed to playing in that role. It wasn’t easy for him to find space, because they were doubling up the marking. He got irritable, but has to relax and play his football.

“We played in Austria on Thursday, so there wasn’t much time to recuperate. I wanted fresh legs and those who played today gave a great response.

“Ricardo Rodriguez has settled very quickly in to Italian football and is a great buy. He’s got an excellent foot on him. Franck Kessie isn’t a surprise, we expected him to perform at this level.

“This is an important win, and a few weeks ago we probably wouldn’t have won it. We are getting used to playing matches like this.

“I don’t yet know the potential of the squad. I am trying to get the best out of every individual player.”

Milan have won every competitive game between Serie A and Europa League, apart from the 4-1 hammering at Lazio last Sunday.

“I have no regrets over the defeat to Lazio, because I think it helped us. It was a slap in the face that did us good. This team has character, but I am convinced it’ll improve further.”

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