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AC Milan defeated Empoli 4-1 at Stadio Carlo Castellani on Saturday night.

Gianluca Lapadula scored two goals for Milan. Suso Fernandez also added a goal and recorded two assists in the win. Milan manager Vincenzo Montella spoke about to Premium Sport after the match.

“Today’s match said many things. We have to improve. I liked the first half, but the second was completely different. We should get closer to what was done in the second half. Empoli made it difficult for us, but there are few teams that win without suffering. In the second half, our quality and team-play showed. In the first half. there was little conviction: in the locker room I said that if we had to lose then we should at least continue to play and move the ball. The guys did great to do so and we came out a lot better in the second half. The guys go onto the field to win and they know that they must suffer. Sometimes one must also reason like the small-town teams.”

Montella responded to a question about the transfer market:

“I do not look too far ahead; I’m going to enjoy the days off with friends and family. We need rest and I will enjoy a weekend full of matches. It’s premature to talk about the transfer market.”

Premium Sport asked Milan striker Carlos Bacca being in Spain:

“He had days off and could get his treatment elsewhere. He asked for permission and it was authorized by me and the club. There is no problem.”

Montella also commented on Lapadula:

“He tackles each practice with his best. If he was able to manage his energy better, he would play even better. His mentality is an added value.

Montella’s response to Lapadula’s call-up:

“We gave (Giampiero) Ventura maximum availability. These are experiences that guys have and take home with them.”

Premium Sport then asked Montella if he would be cheering for Lazio against Roma in next week’s derby.

“It’s a bit difficult, but we have to focus on us winning.”

Milan’s victory was important for the club in order to keep pace with Juventus. As of Saturday night, Milan sits in second place with 29 points, only four points behind Juventus.

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