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Vincenzo Montella has insisted that he understands the pressure of being AC Milan boss as the team turns its attentions to next Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina.

The Rossoneri have lost three of their last five Serie A games, including back-to-back 2-0 losses against Sampdoria and Roma.

Pressure is mounting on the current Milan coach, with rumours that the management are sourcing potential replacements despite comments in public showing support for Montella.

“That’s the beautiful thing about this job, your head and your ideas are always on the next game,” Montella told reporters as he arrived to accept the Premio Liedholm.

“The defeat [to Roma] burns, we probably didn’t deserve it but we’re on a path and we’re going to continue and improve.

“The expectations at Milan were and are very high, we know that internally and we know the media makes it that way too.

“Our path has to lead to growth and to finishing in the top four positions. We’re not far away, the important thing is not to be conditioned.

“I don’t mind the speculation, I’ve been doing this job for a few years and I know the risks that come with coaching a team like Milan.

“There’s more risk and more gossip, but I’m positive and optimistic there’s work to be done.

“It’s a bit uphill right now, but that’s normal, it’ll take time but we’re the first to admit that there isn’t much time. That said, we need to be balanced in our evaluations and analyses.”

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