AC Milan suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat against Genoa, but that doesn’t seem to bother Vincenzo Montella, who says it is just a bump in the road for his calm young side.
A win for Milan would have sent them to the top of the table for at least 24 hours, before Juventus played Sampdoria.
However, goals from Ninkovic, Pavoletti and a Kucka own goal gave Genoa all three points. Milan’s Gabriel Paletta was however handed a straight red for a two-footed lunge early in the second half.
But Montella stressed his team can learn from the chastening defeat and feels they should still be proud of the run of form which saw them go six league games unbeaten.
“You in the media created expectations of Milan, but we have always been calm,” the coach told Mediaset Premium.
“It was just a bump in the road and these things can happen. At times a defeat can help you grow more than a victory. The growth process continues and the players should be proud of what they have done. Obviously we can do more.
“The real Milan was seen over the last 10 games and we are happy with the way the season is going.”
Montella added that the sending off of Paletta made it more challenging for Milan to get back into the game.
“It was a difficult match, which we expected,” he continued.
“In the first half our tempo was too slow, but I don’t remember a genuine Genoa shot on goal, so the result did not reflect the performances.
“In the second half I liked the team much better. We didn’t want to lose and tried to fight back, but the red card made everything more complicated.”
Milan host Pescara at San Siro on Sunday.