Brocchi: Milan working on mental approach

New AC Milan coach Cristian Brocchi highlighted the importance of his side's mental approach ahead of Monday night's match against Hellas Verona.

For his third match in charge, Cristian Brocchi aims to improve on what he feels is his team's weakness against Serie A's smaller teams.

Milan failed to beat relegation-threatened Carpi in their midweek match on Thursday and also lost to Atalanta at the start of April, albeit under recently-sacked coack Sinisa Mihajlovic.

With a only four matches left in the season, the sixth-placed Rossoneri are unlikely to catch Fiorentina, who are six points ahead in the Serie A standings. However, given last season's 10th-place finish, Brocchi would be happy with retaining their current spot. Sassuolo, Chievo and Lazio all pose a threat, however.

"We are working on our mental approach because the team have encountered some difficulties against the smaller sides this season," he told reporters. "One of our objectives is to ensure that we start all of our matches in an aggressive fashion and send a strong message to our opponents but also our fans.

"It’s important I instill confidence and faith into the squad. We haven’t had much time to work together, but we have taken the first steps.

"Criticism aside, I feel the amount of possession we enjoyed versus Carpi is a step forward. This is all part of our development process. We outdid Napoli for possession who are a side that have had the whole season to work together and who have a very good coach.

"I am pleased with the team, even if I am fully aware there is still a lot of work to be done. After lacking the cutting edge in the Carpi game, the focus of our training sessions has been on our finishing in the final third of the pitch and attacking the spaces.

"If the team were to carry out perfectly what I have asked of them, then they would be exceptional because it will take time. However, I am sure we will see elements of what I am asking for and that the players will all give that little bit more."