Niang: AC Milan already better under Mihajlovic than Inzaghi

The French striker says that the Rossoneri are reaping the benefits of the Serb's rigorous pre-season programme
Mbaye Niang says AC Milan are already playing better under new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic than at any point during Filippo Inzaghi's tenure.

The Rossoneri endured a dismal 2014-15 campaign, with the San Siro side missing out on European qualification after finishing 10th in Serie A.

Former Milan forward Inzaghi was sacked at the end of the season and replaced at the helm by Mihajlovic, with the Serb having already decided to stand down as Sampdoria coach.

The Rossoneri have impressed in their recent friendly fixtures, beating city rivals Inter 1-0 on Saturday before drawing 0-0 with Real Madrid on Thursday only to lose out 10-9 on penalties.

Niang has been enthused by the progress Milan are making under their new boss and is thus looking forward to new Serie A season with renewed confidence.

"Right from the start of pre-season we have all trained well and followed the coach," the 20-year-old striker told Milan Channel.

"We're playing better compared to last season. Pre-season has been good for the whole squad. The coach has brought a desire to win.

"We're being put through our paces in training and you can see this out on the pitch.

"We deserve to have a great season."

Niang has returned to San Siro after spending the second half of last season on loan at Genoa, for whom he scored five times in 14 Serie A appearances.

However, the forward must now compete for a place in the Milan attack with high-profile summer signings Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano.