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Abate: Milan must 'man up'

Ignazio Abate says his fellow Milan players must react "like men" after losing to Lazio this past weekend, their fourth defeat in the opening eight weeks of the season.

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The Rossoneri now only remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference after their worst ever start to a domestic campaign and the defender was particularly concerned at the ease with which Lazio took control of the game.

"We didn't have a great first half, but Lazio found themselves 3-0 up without doing that much," he told Milan Channel. "In any case, we didn't do enough and have to roll our sleeves up, as we cannot slide into certain areas of the table. We mustn't get involved in these battles, seeing as we are unaccustomed to fighting for certain objectives."

Abate went on to give his opinion on what Milan must do in order to climb the table, telling the club's in-house TV station: "We have to get unified again and try to play simple football, playing on the counter and taking a provincial approach until we can get a few positive results under our belts."

"There was a fightback from our pride towards the end when we went from 3-0 down to 3-2, but we shouldn't have to concede three in order to get that reaction. We must emerge from this difficult moment like men."

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