Vincenzo Montella has defended AC Milan’s season despite their poor recent run and claims they are “in line with our objectives”.

Serie A: Montella defends Milan record

The 42-year-old coach has witnessed the Rossoneri’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League take a real blow as they have lost three games in a row to sit in eighth position in Serie A – 10 points adrift of Roma in third.

There has been some criticism levelled at Montella, but he has now hit back to defend the club’s record and feels they are in line with expectations.

He said: “I have to think about the initial objectives, which were to create a style of play – not a formation. That’s what I was told when I signed for Milan, that I was to try and pull off a sporting miracle in Doha and grow the young players.

“I believe we’re in line with our objectives. This is the time for everyone to show – including me – the pride to play for and Coach Milan, for the present and the future.

“Football isn’t a sport of equations, and the numbers don’t always tell the full story. The team which plays better doesn’t always win.”

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