AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella has dismissed suggestions his side are reliant on star striker Carlos Bacca after he netted his fifth goal of the season against Lazio.
The Rossoneri recorded a 2-0 home victory over the Biancocelesti thanks to Bacca’s opener and M’Baye Niang’s converted penalty, firing Milan to provisionally third on the table.
After the match, Montella reserved praise for the Colombian international, however insisted the club’s success will be attributed to a collective effort and not solely on individuals.
“Bacca is doing great things, but the team is putting him in positions to do great things,” Montella told Mediaset Premium.
“Milan goes both with and without Bacca. I’m happy when he does perform like tonight, but I’m also happy for the spirit of the group and also for those who did not play because there is active participation by all.
“Luiz Adriano, for example. He is playing very little and I’m sorry. However, we will need everyone [to do their part]. This evening, at the match, I really liked the group.
The 42-year-old tactician also highlighted the importance of retaining the services of Bacca and promising centre-back Alessio Romagnoli, both who were linked with moves abroad in the summer.
“Our best business in the market this summer was keeping Bacca, but also [Alessio] Romagnoli and other Milan players,” he said.
Milan’s next Serie A match is a tricky away trip to Fiorentina on Sunday, a team Montella managed for three seasons between 2012 and 2015.