Vincenzo Montella believes AC Milan have survived the worst part of the season, after a 2-1 loss to Napoli.
Milan were rarely in danger of winning at the Stadio San Paolo, with Insigne and Zielinski scoring either side of the break, before Romagnoli scored a late consolation.
Montella had been spared criticism after two wins from their last two matches and despite their sixth loss and falling behind UCL qualification, he remains upbeat.
“I thank the club for giving me this support and confidence,” Montella said. “I struggle to look at the table, but from now on we’ll have a simpler fixture list and hopefully this type of performance will see us in good stead.
“Our last two defeats were against Juventus and Napoli, so of course they are ahead of us, but despite the results, we were in the games. We showed character, we are growing and it’s a growth process.
“As I said, I am proud of the performances against Napoli, Juve, Roma and Inter [four defeats from four], because to get to their level we need patience.
“We play every three days, so there is not much time to train. We need results straight away and there is work to be done. We must be more clinical in the final third and have the goalmouth in our minds.”