Montella willing to accept 'exaggerated' Milan criticism

Intense scrutiny should be expected by those who accept the challenge of coaching AC Milan, Vincenzo Montella has said.

AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella knows criticism of the club is inevitable after defeat in the derby to fierce rivals Inter.

Milan spent big to make sweeping changes to the squad in the off-season, but have lost the last three Serie A matches to sit 10th in the table.

Montella could find himself under mounting pressure if results do not improve.

But, addressing a news conference ahead of the Europa League match at home to AEK Athens, the former Fiorentina boss insisted there is no cause for alarm behind the scenes at the Rossoneri. 

"When things go wrong it's everyone's fault, we have to accept the criticism, even when it's exaggerated," he said.

"The club made choices for the here and now, but above all for the future.

"Everything is going to plan aside from a few defeats, which I take responsibility for, but if they hadn't happened we'd be talking about a balanced situation.

"I see a higher quality of play all the time, it takes time to do these things and that's proving to be the case.

"We have players who can and must grow, it's a good base to build from."

After the Europa League game, Milan return to Serie A action at home to Genoa, followed by games against Chievo and champions Juventus.