Montella: “Pointless to complain about the referees, Milan deserved a draw against Juventus, I’m proud of the team”

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Vincenzo Montella during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017 (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017 (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Vincenzo Montella stayed calm despite the last-second controversy at the Juventus Stadium which left the Milan fans and players fuming at the referee: “It’s too bad but we have to wait for next year in order to win here.”

Milan were extremely close to becoming the first team in Serie A this season to get a point against Juventus away from home, but they were practically robbed in the 97th minute when referee Davide Massa awarded the Bianconeri a non-existent penalty, which was scored by Paulo Dybala to make it 2-1 in the final whistle.

Juve were better than Milan in the first half and got ahead in the 30′ minute through Mehdi Benatia. The Rossoneri got back in the game right before half time as Gerard Deulofeu found Carlos Bacca in the box and the Colombian made it level (from an offside position, as the replays showed, but it was perhaps too close to call in real time). The striker had to be replaced in the 54′ minute due to an injury and wasn’t part of the Milan side that despite missing their top scorer, looked better in the second half; While Milan did rely on the absolute brilliance of Gigio Donnarumma in the Diavolo goal, they also came close on several occasions to beat Gianluigi Buffon and win the match.

It was all going towards a draw but then in extra time Jose Sosa was sent off for a second yellow, ‘allowing’ the match to be played past the 4 minutes added by the referee. In the very last moment, Massa pointed toward the white spot after Stephan Lichtsteiner’s ball ‘hit’ Mattia De Sciglio’s arm. It was an incredibly controversial call that sent Milan to the locker room furious, with fans in Italy and around the world feeling like they undeservedly lost because of the ref, against Juve of all teams.

Paulo Dybala scoring the penalty during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Paulo Dybala scoring the penalty during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

“After the game, I asked for calmness,” coach Vincenzo Montella told Premium Sport after the match. “Everyone has their interpretation and I want to apologize for the situation at the end, as that is unforgivable but there was a lot of nervousness. It wasn’t Daniele Doveri [the penalty area referee] who gave the penalty, [referee] Davide Massa told me he took the responsibility of giving the penalty.

“I am told Massa was far away and couldn’t have seen it. I saw it with calmness. Massa decided to give it, Doveri said he didn’t tip anything. I prefer not to talk about referees, even if on days like this it becomes difficult! Complaining doesn’t get you anywhere. It’s pointless. We have to focus, stay calm and accept that referees do make mistakes. We can only hope that the errors go in our favor…

“We need to send a message of calmness to those who watch from home. Juventus deserved a penalty when Zapata fouled Dybala? I don’t want to talk about referees. The officials always told us there is no such thing as compensation and therefore I don’t even want to see the Zapata incident, because it’s irrelevant. One also has to say there is a big difference between a penalty 10 minutes in and one at the 95th minute. What I want to do is talk about football and keep everything calm.

Jose Sosa receiving a red card from referee Davide Massa during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Jose Sosa receiving a red card from referee Davide Massa during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

“The match itself? We had the chances to take the lead and a victory in an arena like this would’ve opened up a very different scenario for us. Nonetheless, the performance boosts our confidence and our faith in ourselves. We are still in the running for the Europa League.

“Ocampos as a main striker? Bacca scored a goal and went off because he was not 100 per cent fit, but Ocampos can play in that role and be a valuable extra alternative. In order to leave here unbeaten, you also need a bit of luck and Gigio Donnarumma had that on a couple of occasions.

“In a few moments, I got the feeling we could win this, as Juve were opening up and we were very dangerous on the counter, but we didn’t take our chances. We could be here talking about a very different game, but never mind. That’s football. Why are we so far behind? Because Juve always win and we don’t. Because they have a very, very big squad and the kind of mentality that comes with being accustomed to winning. We are working on it and hope to grow.”

Paulo Dybala, Mattia De Sciglio, Alessio Romagnoli, Gabriel Paletta and referee Davide Massa during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Paulo Dybala, Mattia De Sciglio, Alessio Romagnoli, Gabriel Paletta and referee Davide Massa during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Speaking to RAI Italia, Montella said: “The penalty? From the bench I didn’t see anything. I’m sorry and I apologize in the name of the team for the tension and the nervousness. I’m sorry about that because in the locker room there was someone with teams, but the boys must stay strong.

“Disappointed by the referees? I would like to exchange two more words with the referee and know what his thoughts were, but it seems to me that everyone must stay in place. It would have been more appropriate if Doveri gave it and not Massa who was 10 meters away from the action.”

“I’m sorry for dropping the point because I believe that in the end it will be a single point that decides the race for Europe, but I hope it will be true for others and not us,” he said in his MilanTV interview. “I’m sorry for the boys because we could have won, I’m sorry for the incidents but this should give us strength and belief that we are a team. If we stay this compact, we’ll enter Europe for sure.

“We played a good game and it gives us pride because we put them in trouble and almost played on par with Juventus. The next game? I’m sorry for the absences but I’m not worried. I will field a competitive team against Genoa [the match is next Saturday at 20:45 CET at Stadio San Siro].”

Vincenzo Montella during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

In the post-match press conference at the J Stadium, Montella said: “We started the match well but our superiority was short-lived. Juventus went ahead deservedly but we never disunited. I liked the interpretation of the match. In the second half I saw a great match and momentum was on our side.

“Juventus then forced us to stay down and then it was over. I’m sorry for the boys because a point will be decisive for the Europe race. The referee’s decisions? I don’t give judgments and I didn’t see anything from the bench, but yes from the television. I calmly asked for clarification after the match with regards to the dynamics of the action and the distance of the referees, and they told me who called it. You need to understand the dynamics of the game, you can make a mistake and you may think that there was a penalty in the first half to Juventus but it’s different than a penalty in 95′ minute. If it was up to me, I would try to talk at the end of the match with the referees with the other coach, it would be nice to understand the referees without the need to talk about it outside.

“If Juventus won, then it means that they earned it. The game was balanced in the second half and nobody would say it’s a scandal if it was a draw or if we got the advantage. I don’t pretend to have controlled the game here in Turin but I think Milan deserved the draw.

“Ocampos? He did very well, especially when we were forced to stay low because he can go 40-50 meters on foot. Lapadula would’ve been more helpful if we were a bit higher up the pitch. Deulofeu & Ocampos can play on both sides and can switch. Ocampos did well, especially when we were low.

“Honda? He took a blow on Wednesday and didn’t train on Thursday [he wasn’t in the squad]. Kucka? He was fine but Pasalic was the right player. Romagnoli didn’t play as a left back but instead as a left center back like he did with the national team. Sosa also played a great game. Mati? He’s fine, he’s been training with continuity for a month and I hope that he doesn’t get called-up by the NT.”

Gianluigi Donnarumma reacting against the assistant referee at the end of Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Gianluigi Donnarumma reacting against the assistant referee at the end of Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 10th of March 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

“We put every ounce of energy on the field. Juventus took the lead deservedly but we rebalanced the game,” the former Fiorentina and Sampdoria boss said to Sky Italia after the match. “In the second half the match was more balanced and then each side has its defense. It’s a shame than in some counters we made the wrong choices… and then the final moments happened.

“The penalty? I asked Doveri serenely who pointed for a penalty but he didn’t respond. Massa said that he was the one who gave it but he had three players in front of him. Bacca’s substitution? Carlos asked for a replacement. Lapadula in the 30-40 meters away from goal zone has more difficulty that Deulofeu and Ocampos. I’m sorry for Gianluca but that’s what I interpreted.

“I’m proud to see that we are a team. Maybe with a bit more luck we could’ve won. I’m proud of this spirit. It’s too bad but we have to wait for next year in order to win here…”

44 COMMENTS

  1. There is nothink eals than to be pround of AC MILAN, THEY NEED SUPORT AND THEY STILL CAN REACH EVEN THE 3.PLACE
    they should win 8 of the remaing 10 games and i belive they can do it, they should take on everty team like they are juventus.
    Montella has don a great job with all those injuries he has had, even with no big names being signed, only onloan young players and young ac milan players. this team has a big future. nice to se bacca back on goal scoring form.
    as for the penalty at min 97 it reises its on questions, but fuck it Milan played well.

    Milan should sicure the signature of Deulofeu and Pasalic
    and sign Santiago Ascacíbar and Sebastián Driussi
    or agree a releace clouse for all 4 players before the summer transfer weendows opens,
    then only go after 2 big names in the summer in my opinion one CM and one CB they should be under 26 years old.

    Forza MILAN

     
  2. It’s fine, Juve must win with any circumstances. I’m so pissed of, but there are happened something good because of this sh*t: Donnarumma kissed Milan’s emblem at Juventus stadium. Now I am absolutely sure he has black&red heart and will replace Buffon only in squadra azzurra. F*** off Juve 🙂

     
    • Donnaruma has allways been loyal to ac milan I dont understand why you question after all the thinks he has said, how pround and glad he is playng for milan, as a milan fan should you never question Donnaruma is like question yourself he is more ac milan fan than meny milan fans think they are.
      Its jyst Riola that want to make money buy selling him. like he has don with Pogba Ibrahimovic balotelli and meny others he thinks only of transfers, so he can make millions on that.

       
  3. I agree with everything you say Montella, except that Pasalic was the right decision. So far, Pasalic has shown nothing that should warrant him staying for another season with us. He has played what, 20 games? He has had tops three good games.
    It’s a real shame. Cant believe Massa took the call, he was clearly blocked and fell for the influence of the crowd and the players protesting. We need to clone and bring back a younger Collina… A strong referee who didnt let anyone get to him.

     
    • i have a lot of respect for you on your opinion for pasalic but it was from him the movement started leading to goal,other than that i think you are right he shouldn’t be in long term plans. Well after last night i am more optimistic about milan. Montella will actually do great with this team albeit with right investment and time……

       
      • Thanls man, you too, and you’re right about Pasalic passing it to Deulofeu, but i’m confident that if Sosa or Berto was in the same position, they would also have passed it onwards to deulo

         
  4. This coach is a class act. No nonsense and pointless moaning at the end of the match.

    We played against Juventus in their stadium and with their strongest line-up and we did earn a draw. Referee robbed us but it remains a fact that we did really well. No one can go to the J stadium and dominate Juve. They’re stronger than us but we played with heart. That deserves respect.

     
  5. Juve have been cheating for decades. I read book about history of serie a in 98 (superga tragedy etc) and even then there’re already plenty of cases of “money politics” by juve. And of course, 97/98 season (and so on) happened. Juve – inter match was the most blatant proof of juve cheating. Also, zeman of roma accused super fit juve of doping and guess what? Their doctors were sent to jail but figc didnt Take away their scudetti. I havent even mention what they did in ’70 and ’80. So yeah, juve cheats. Thats axiom every serie a follower has to believe.
    All that being said, milan cant afford to be that naive on the field with all those unnecessary red cards and penalties. I remember baresi used to play so rough, especially in his latter days but milan seldom conceded silly pen and red cards. Why? Because baresi and his troops did it carefully and sistematically without letting emotions got the better of them

     
  6. Comment:Milan the heart of Italy football soon juventus shall fade.win champions league if u are gud.please Milan fans I thank u all for ur support and care forza Milan. one love

     
  7. @lil pharoraoh. Please Montella deserves respect, not many coaches will give juve a good run with the quality of our squad..As for me the cup is half full.

     
    • So by knowing the definition of coach abdul and milan boy will find out why montella doesnt deserve respect? God knows ive seen some crazy illogical crap on this blog but this is just way beyond

       
  8. The first of the penalties to be awarded to the Old Lady came when Maicon was judged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area, when it was in fact marginally outside the box.

    Carlos Tevez dispatched that penalty for Juve, before bagging another later in the game.

    Totti told Sky Italia TV: “We came to Turin to play our game, but you saw what happened and that affected the match.

    “For years the same old incidents keep happening. I don’t know if we were beaten by referees, but we certainly were not beaten by Juventus tonight.

    “Yes, we are angry, but also aware we are a great team and must lift our heads straight away.

    “This was a match we really cared about, but Juventus ought to have their own League, as by hook or by crook they always win.

    “Are we back to the same doubts? I am not the only one saying this, as these are things everyone in Italy should discuss.

    “With Juventus when there is any doubt whatsoever, it’s always a penalty. I have to stop now, as if I keep talking then I’ll get suspended.”

     
  9. well, montella got one thing correct… that point will see us out of europe and the mafia that back juventus get what they want … yet another scudetto for the next few years as we will not be able to attract the top players without European nights and wont be able to compete – and they cheated and did it right in front of everyone

    bravo mafia, bravo serie A, bravo to all…. you get more rich at the expense of the game you love
    the only problem is there is a cost…. ITALIAN TEAMS WILL NEVER AGAIN WIN ANYTHING IN EUROPE… only juve is left to truely compete, and they have to cheat to win… cant do that in europe…
    remember how great calcio was when juve was relegated to serie C for calciopoli? there was actual competition for the scudetto, not the f*cking cheatfest today

     
  10. Just a question if someone can explain to me, is it a penalty when a defender gets the shot against his arm or hand?

     
    • If his arm is outstretched then yes its penalty but if his arm is close and parallel to body (like inzaghi 1st goal in 06/07 ucl final) then no its not

       
        • The damnest thing about de sciglio hand ball was, while his left arm was inactively close to his body and the ball just hit his proc olecranon and upper arm, the ball didnt just bounce off of his arm but he kinda “absorbed” it so maybe the linesman thought his arm was “active” thus hand ball. Its 50:50 call but i personally understand the decision. What i’ll never accept is the ridiculous “fergie time”

           
  11. I personally think that was a “ball to hand” situation… That right back of Juventus did play the ball to the left back of Milan’s hand!!… What do you think??????

     
  12. Just watched ajax. And I am telling you guys, every week the man Dolberg scores, assists or makes an very important decision. Given his age, 19, I think it is too soon for milan to buy him this summer. But in future he could be the new Van Basten.

    Last week I saw Lacazette. Man what a beast. Would be very useful to Milan. But I don’t think he will come to Milan.

    But I really hope Milan gets Belotti. For Belotti it would be a dream come through. He is a fan of Milan and it would be a perfect higher next step for his career. I believe he really would come to Milan.

    Then that Thielemans guy from Anderlecht. Also very young but in my opinion already mature enough for milan. He would be a great addition to our midfield.

    I hope Milan will also invest in their defense. Do not know right away who.

     
    • Fazio, musacchio, caio would be my pick. As a matter of fact, why dont milan send scouts to brazil and argentina so they can grab and nurture young potential players ts33 style before they get too big for milan’s pocket
      As for lacazette, his rocket against roma gave me superman boner. No homo

       
  13. Comment: well very body spoke dere mind… 1st I dnt nor wat is happenin to ref we had dis days, when they had d chance to blow, they blow rubbish… Juventus nd Milan match was a big match evrybody wntd to watch bt later on d ref turn it upside dwn, I was weak when he gav d penalty. I dnt wnt to talk abt it anymore. We nid to focus on our next match so we cn gain a point we lukin for I really miss Milan in European competition

     
  14. such is life when u have money u oppress juve has been in the heart of intemidation and almost every ref in seria A is in their payroll one way or the other.milan needs to step up their game by not losing the rest of the games cos if we don’t qulify for europe no top players will like to play for us .we are the only club is seria A that really dealt with juve and their ref co hurt ,montella has really don a great job for milan .i can’t put the blame on any players cos when management is poor the spirit of the players is never up take it or leave it our players need agility not down grading ,for donnarumma is can’t say but my own view i don’t see him in milan for next 2seasons because of his agent and money involve ,lets hope and see what happens next guys.

     
  15. A little bit of blame goes to Montella too who made the team sit deep, subbed every attacking player with a more defensive one and desperately waiting to see the end of the match. Juve manages over 20 shots with many convertible but thanks to Dunna.. So being that defensive didnt prevent much if anything.

     

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