Monday December 12 2016
Niang: 'No more penalties'

M’Baye Niang was distraught after his second consecutive penalty miss for Milan. “I’ll let Gianluca Lapadula take the next one.”

The striker saw his spot-kick saved by Alex Cordaz in a 2-1 win over Crotone, but it proved decisive in this evening’s 1-0 defeat to Roma.

“In my view we had a really good team performance and must continue along this path. It’s a shame about the penalty,” Niang told Milan TV.

“I am going through a difficult time. I took the responsibility of the penalty again this evening and I am really sorry, but at these moments when things go wrong you have to get your head down and work.”

This was the second time Lapadula won the penalty, but Niang took it and missed.

“There’s no problem with Lapadula. Tonight before the spot-kick he told me to focus and stay calm. I’ll let Lapadula take the next one, as he deserves it and is going through a period where he has more confidence than me.

“Our strength is the team, we’ve been saying that since the start of the season. I am convinced that if we play like this then we’ll certainly get the three points against Atalanta on Saturday.”