By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Rossoneri have not made the best of starts to the current season, losing three of their first six games in the Serie A whilst only managing an unimpressive goalless draw against Belgian outfit Anderlecht in the first game of the Champions League.
Milan were severely weakened by the loss of their most influential players including the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva which had many predicting that the San Siro outfit were a club on the decline, and their recent stuttering displays have given the Rossoneri's naysayers even more reason to slam Massimiliano Allegri's men.
However, Montolivo is unconcerned with what the Milan's doubters have to say about the club, claiming that it is only through hard work and focus that his side will be able to bounce back from their poor start to the season, and likened the current situation to that of the Italian national team at the 2012 European Championship where the unfancied Azzurri eventually reached the finals of the competition.
"The cynicism being created around Milan is like that which was placed on the national side in the summer," the 27-year-old was quoted as saying by Milan's official website.
"We changed people's opinions at the time by listening to our Coach and by having faith in our abilities. We need to do the same here.
"Milan are not what people are saying we are."
With many new faces joining the club to replace the outgoing players, Montolivo and his team-mates are still struggling to develop an understanding with each other but the former Fiorentina playmaker knows that such things take time and they will have to be patient and band together in the meantime.
"We are looking to find our best set-up," Montolivo added.
"I can play in front of the defence but in the moment I am playing as an internal midfielder which is what suits me best although I have played all over the midfield.
"We know that is isn't a great moment for us but we must all stick together if we want improve and do better."
Things will not get any easier on Wednesday when last season's Serie A runners-up travel to free-spending Russian club Zenit St Petersburg in their next Champions League game but Montolivo is remaining optimistic about his side's chances in the competition.
"The Champions League is the ideal stage to pick ourselves up," added Montolivo, who is expected to make his return to Europe's premier competition in the game against Zenit after a two year absence.
"I missed the Anderlecht game, but I'm happy to be back in the Champions League after my last experience against Bayern Munich with Fiorentina two years ago.
"I'm still not 100 per cent fit and I know that I haven't given Milan everything that I can yet, but I hope to do that on Wednesday."
Montolivo and his team-mates will undoubtedly hope to gather as much momentum as possible in Russia before their Milan derby against Inter Milan on Sunday.