Wrong approach costs Milan says Montolivo

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Italian international Riccardo Montolivo has said that AC Milan’s poor attitude cost them victory in Sunday’s Serie A away match against Fiorentina and that the team must now focus on winning against Napoli next weekend.

Milan, looking to record their fifth straight league victory, went two goals up against Vincenzo Montella’s side but had to settle for a 2-2 draw after they conceded two penalties.

And Montolivo believes that the team wasn’t in the right frame of mind for the game and that this evidently cost them the three points.

“Aside from some dubious individual decisions, our approach - mentally speaking - to this game was wrong," Montolivo was quoted as saying on the official Milan website.

The 28-year-old also stated that the sending off of Nenad Tomovic in the 40th minute might have actually been a hindrance to his side.

He added: "Maybe we thought the game was over before it was and it’s a shame as this was an important match."

The midfielder then spoke ahead of next week’s crucial game against Napoli and insisted that Massimiliano Allegri’s men desperately want to win in order to cement their position in the race for third place.

"We definitely want to win against Napoli and we’re asking for a hand from the fans. They’ve always been behind us and we hope they’ll be with us this time as well," he continued.

"We have a six-point lead on Fiorentina and our objective is to finish in the top three."

A win for Milan would also help them to close the gap on second place Napoli who are four points above the Rossoneri going into the game at the San Siro.

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