Vincenzo Montella admitted he is “proud to coach” AC Milan as his side salvaged a late 1-1 draw away at Lazio.
Lucas Biglia’s penalty kick on the stroke of half time gave the home side the lead, but Suso’s late curling effort rescued the draw.
“I’m much happier with this match than others where we got the same result,” Montella told Premium Sport.
“I’m increasingly proud to Coach these lads, who showed an incredible team spirit.
“Every Coach has his own analysis, there are many times where I’ve commented that we played better than the other team and then lost.
“The team expended every ounce of energy that we had after Bologna, we’ve had better days in terms of quality but this squad has made me emotional because of the effort they put in.
“It was a very difficult game, it wasn’t that we got our approach wrong. The whole left flank had never played together, as well as three of the four in the centre.
“The team is stronger than anything.”
There were two controversial incidents in the match as Lazio were awarded a penalty for what seemed to be a dive by Ciro Immobile, while Milan were denied a spot-kick despite a clear foul on Abate.
“I don’t know if it was a penalty for them, I don’t know if it was one on Abate. We can’t always stand here criticising what happens on the pitch.”
Finally, the Coach was asked about Gigio Donarumma, who had yet another heroic game in the Rossoneri goal.
“I think Milan want to tie him down and that he loves Milan,” Montella assured.
“I’m happy to have him in the team.”