Niang: Milan now aiming for second place

The Rossoneri youngster has urged the side to chase the runner-up spot in Serie A this season after overhauling Lazio, and believes they have the quality to secure this ambition
M'Baye Niang has called upon his AC Milan team-mates to take up the challenge of finishing this season as Serie A runners-up after a comprehensive win over Lazio.

Two goals from Giampaolo Pazzini and another from Kevin-Prince Boateng allowed the Rossoneri to seal a 3-0 win over the Biancocelesti at San Siro on Saturday and move into third at the expense of their opponents.

Speaking after the game, Niang stressed that his side now need to focus on the next milestone, namely catching Napoli in second.

"Now we have to insist on overcoming Napoli," the 18-year-old forward was quoted by Tuttosport.

"Until the game against Lazio, our goal was third place but now we must continue to reach the second spot."

Niang has yet to score his first Serie A goal, although he did manage to find the net against Reggina in the Coppa Italia in December, but remains optimistic despite striking the woodwork against Lazio.

"We are all happy because we played a great game," the France Under-21 international added.

"Too bad that the crossbar [stopped me from scoring]! I hope that next time around my shot ends up in the net."

Milan sit third in the table after their win with 48 points from 27 games, five behind second-placed Napoli.