Montella: “This draw gives us a great joy, I now fully understand Inter, a renewal? I’ll meet the new management”

Vincenzo Montella hugging Cristian Zapata at the end of Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella hugging Cristian Zapata at the end of Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Vincenzo Montella was thrilled after the 97-minute goal which gave Milan a point in the Derby della Madonnina, and said that Gerard Deulofeu ‘is potentially a top player but must be more clinical.’

In front of the new red and black Chinese owner Yonghong Li and a packed San Siro stadium in the early noon of Easter Saturday, Milan earned a point in the Debry after a very, very dramatic finish.

The Rossoneri had great chances early on but were naive in defense. And so Inter punished them and in the 36′ minute, De Sciglio failed to stop Candreva and the Italian winger, who also scored in the first round against Milan, beat Donnarumma to make it 1-0. Just before half time, Perisic beat his man and delivered a ball to Icardi, giving the infamous Argentine his first ever career goal against il Diavolo.

In the second half Inter were still in control for most of the time but Vincenzo Montella decided to go for everything and brought on the forwards Lapadula and Ocampos for Jose Sosa (could not continue) and Calabria. His bet turned out to be very successful. In the 83′ minute, Suso’s cross found Romagnoli’s leg and the center back netted his first ever Serie A goal in the shirt of Milan for the 2-1.

Referee Daniele Orsato added 5 minutes of stoppage time but Inter wasted a significant portion of the time and Orsato let the match be played past the five minute mark and so in the 96′ minute Milan earned a corner. Suso took it, his cross found Carlos Bacca’s head and somehow got to Cristian Zapata who in the very last kick of the game beat Handanovic, giving the Rossoneri a vital point.

Milan basically did to Inter what the Nerazzurri did to them in the first-round match as then it was Perisic who scored the equalizer in injury time. This time Milan rejoice, and stay above Inter in the table, two points behind Atalanta and three behind 4th place Lazio, as both drew their matches too.

Milan celebrating at the end of Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Milan celebrating at the end of Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

“The celebrations? I didn’t even notice that someone scratched my face… (smiles),” Montella told MilanTV after the match earlier. “It’s really exciting. We managed to comeback from two goals down and we did it in the second half. We did something almost unbelievable: it was really a great emotion, I think it was a great game to watch for our Oriental fans. I’m happy with this result.

“We played really well in the first 30′ although we should have been more patient and clinical. We conceded an easy goal. Being 2-0 down at the break was almost surreal. Games are all different from one another, today I had the chance to field five players up front and I did so.

“The goals from the defenders? Before the game we all told Zapata it was time to score a goal… I wasn’t expecting him to score, or Romagnoli. Deulofeu? Deulofeu potentially is a top-class player, but he has to be more clinical. He performed really well but when you play in that role you have to score.

“Fassone’s words [the Milan CEO said that they see a Montella in the Milan future]? Meeting them yesterday gave me a great boost, I was happy with Fassone’s words. We’ll discuss the future in the next days, but I am focused on present days to make it into the Europa League this season.”

Vincenzo Montella during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017.  (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

In the post-match press conference, Montella said: “We played a good half hour, superior to Inter in terms of the play. We could have done better though and at this level you have to be more clinical. After the first goal we lost our balance and the second goal came. Being down by two goals at half time was strange. After the break we didn’t start well, we created a bit , and then we got a draw.

“Now I understand the celebrations of Inter from the first-round match [after the goal of Perisic back in November]. Today I celebrated. I’ve never celebrated like that. I have to say that scoring in the 97th minute makes you experience a strong emotion. I didn’t restrain myself.

“It was a commercial for the East. It was a tight game that gave the fans emotions, both positive and negative ones. This point is worth a lot for Europe, we are not at a disadvantage with our competitors for Europe. It’s a very important point but the struggle will continue.

“The defense? In the first goal there was a misunderstanding with De Sciglio while in the second it was good work from Perisic. Deulofeu? Potentially, he’s a top player but to play at a certain level you have to score more and be more clinical. At times he’s devastating, but he still needs to improve.

“The new owners? I think a draw that comes in this way is a good start. A renewal? I have a contract. In the coming days I’ll meet the management. I’m focused on the season finale. I know where we can improve the team but the choices must be made by those who know the mercato more than me.”

Cristian Zapata congratulated by his teammates after Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Cristian Zapata congratulated by his teammates after Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“The finish of the match]? I thought the protests were about whether or not it was a goal,” he told Mediaset Premium. “Inter wasted time for the last 25 minutes, the referee noticed and gave adequate stoppage time. The fourth official told us that instead of five minutes of injury time there would be six. There was a lot of time wasting [referee Daniele] Orsato did really well.

“The match? I saw 30 minutes of the first half where the team played an excellent game, we could have been more clinical and moved the ball more quickly. In the final 15 minutes [of the half] we got a double-whammy of goals. It was improbable for us to lose the match like that. In the second half there was a great reaction, a feat. Coming back from two goals down in the derby is exceptional.

“In the first game I saw them cheer, this time I celebrated more than I usually do, I now understand the joy the Inter players felt in the first game. This draw is worth something extra in comparison, because there are fewer games left [there are six more games until the end of the season].

Milan fans prior to prior to Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Milan fans prior to prior to Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Montella was also interview by Sky Italia: “The final moments? It was a very strong emotion, I fully understand the joy of Inter form the first leg. We played a good match, we could have taken our chances more and it would have been a different game; Inter were very clinical. The draw has given us a great joy and a defeat would have been hard to digest. It’s important because we ahead of Inter and now our race is to the positions that directly lead into the Europa League.

“Candreva’s goal? I wanted a very high defense, it was a difficult situation but also readable and easily correctable. Deulofeu? He played a great game today. A player of his level must score more, he has to work on that and focus. He has a chance to improve himself and be a more complete player. Locatelli [replaced Kucka during the game]? He gave us something more, he had a great impact.

Vincenzo Montella and Marco Fassone prior to Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella and Marco Fassone prior to Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on the 15th of April 2017. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“The new ownership? I have been transmitted the idea that there is the will to continue together. In the coming days we’ll sit to make our ideas clear. The transfer market? I have a very clear idea of what this team needs. I don’t presume to know more players than those who follow more games than me. It takes [players with] characteristics that I think can help my method of play.”

With the new owners the next season is already in mind but the Diavolo will have to be very focused in order to reach their objective of the Europa League. Next match is Empoli at San Siro next Sunday.


  1. Great work so far Montella. This never say die-attitude that this team has instilled now is an attitude that hasn’t been on show for the last couple of seasons… I think it’s also in part due to Mihajlovic, but Montella is carrying on what he started and is perfecting it. Despite injuries, suspensions, Montella has created an identity and a team. Hopefully this is just the start, we’ll see what happens until the end of the season, then we can focus on the mercato, but up unti now, Montella has done a better job than first expected!

    • Exactly – there’s no way Inzaghi, Seedorf, Miha etc would’ve come back in that game. Just hope Montella gets kept on, rather than Mr Smug Mancini.

      • Spot on brother. Mancini even mentioned in the same breath as Milan is a slap in the face for everything Milan stands for – and for what Montella has done for us so far.
        Imo, Mancini is vastly overrated, he has had his domestic success with the strongest and most expensive sides – Inter and City – and struggled when Inter were weak.
        He would never do a job as great as Montella has done so far with the squad we have, even though I personally think we have a better starting eleven than Inter.

    • @Milanista121 and Dejan10,

      Could you be more brainwashed, there is no difference between you and isis. You both REFUSE to see the truth, you both IMAGINE that everything is good, you both are BLOCKED for other options. You are the isis of football, sadly and disgusting

  2. I’m delighted for Montella as its a breath of fresh air to hear the CEO say they have full confidence in him which gives him a chance to concentrate solely on the task of being the manager without looking over his shoulder
    It was such a strange game, I couldn’t believe we were two nil down as I thought we were the better team throughout the first half but that’s football for you!
    Who’d of thought our two center backs would be the ones to draw us level? Not many I should think but isn’t it a great sign of determination to keep believing in what you do and work so hard to achieve it
    I’d also like to congratulate Referee Daniele Orsato, its not often we talk of a referee in glowing terms but credit where its due and he was absolutely correct in allowing play to continue beyond the 5 minutes they had signaled as Inters blatant time wasting was so obvious (even though we all do it)
    If there’s one thing that Montella has to take from today’s game its that he cannot leave Locatelli on the bench, he’s one of quite a few young talents we have coming through and he seems to get better and better every game he plays

  3. I also felt a strong emotion after the game, dont know if I have ever felt something like this. The defence made amends for their mistakes in the first half. Locatelli who for me is the breakout player this season was excellent and I think the coach is using him well. He is more impactful as a sub, he was almost burnt out earlier in the season when he was a starter. We are ahead of Inter and this gives me great joy.

  4. Comment: Comment: we have a lot of players
    we can buy
    belloti, stirridge,mbappe,abumeyang,fabregas,sissoko,batshuayi,isco and so on
    it will be more convincing if we get the ticket to Europe

  5. Its amazing How many times we have come back from two goals down this season: Napoli (at some point),sassuolo,Torino,now inter. not to mention that 9 man win against Bologna.. Montella clearly has instilled a sense of grit and determination to this team. well done boss

  6. Barcelona director said that Deulofeu will play for Barcelona next season. Dont know if Deulofeu has agreed to it, only thing that can stop it is Deulo saying no along with the chinese offering him a lucrative contract. I dont know if he wants to go back to Barca to sit on the bench.

    • Reports say deulofeu wants guarantees if he signs with Barcelona. What guarantees can u get when messi neymar and Suarez r starting upfront. Unfortunately he would be a bench player and that’s y he should stay with milan. Hopefully we make europa league and he can really shine and who knows, if we get reinforcements of champions league quality we can have a year in Europe to gain experience!

      • Saw that too, which makes me 50/50… but then again, he is from La Masia… Barcelona have a strong appeal to their former youth players, and if Neymar would be sold, I dont think fans would oppose to have Deulofeu back who is catalan and all since they’re so “patriotic”.
        I just hope that Deulo feels gratitude to our shirt and wants to stay, he has his friend Suso here as well.
        With Bonaventura back, and Deulo up front, we would look even more deadly!

  7. we shud be lucky we have players like zapata and poli…….come to think of it……dis are few players who are ready to either player from d bench or start without complaining…..which gives us depth if d team will be embracing big signings in the summer and help our europe quest………but what of a Milan that looks like dis next season


    De sciglio/Calabria Mussachio/De vrij Romagnoli Kolasinac

    Danilo/fabregas Locatelli/sosa Bonaventura/tielemans

    suso Belotti Alexis sanchez/Deulofeu

    with a gud bench………we gonna conquer europe with dis i promise

        • Couldnt reply to your other comment with why they would accept 50 million from Milan since they’ve rejected other offers around that sum, and you’re absolutely right, I dont see it happening either… maybe if Belotti personally pushes for it since he’s a Milanista.
          Personally, I think it’s better to focus on another quality centre back and one or two midfielders before focusing on another striker. With better service from the back and midfield, it will be interesting to see what Bacca and Lapa can do. And then for the next season, we can focus on a striker.

  8. In my opinion Milan must reconsider rebuilding the team from scratch.We have players but we dont have quality in our squad.Honestly,I dont believe in Chinese because if you want to be a big club you must invest masively to qualify in Champions League.To return in Champions League glory,we need to invest 800 millions in next 3-4 years to come back as winners.With the new investement my estimation will be top 300-400 millions for the next 3-4 years and that its rubbish.We all see how much money cost world class players like Neymar,Ronaldo and others.With the 130-140 millions i would build this squad:
    Donnarumma-Aurier-Romagnoli-Musacchio/De Vrij-Kolasinac-Locatelli-Fabregas-Isco/Verratti-Suso-Belotti-Deulofeu.
    If Milan wants to be a world class team I would like to see in it world class players like Juve have Bonucci and Chiellini Bayern have Thiago,PSG have Verratti,Barca have Neymar.I am not saying to buy this kind of players because this its absurd,but I am saying to search cheap and highly potential players.

    • Convince Donnarumam to sign a new contract,Romagnoli,Bonaventura,Suso as well and with the rest I dont care.
      Buy Belotti,Deulofeu,Verratti,Kolasinac,De Vrij and Isco/Fabregas and we re good to go for this season if our main target is the champions league spot.

  9. Sheva, the Chinese arent Galliani. So please throw your insult if you want. I already know you are going to stay when Montella stays. Which will prove the kind of person you are. Enjoy your day.

  10. 1. Choosing Montella over Mancini would be the first step by the Chinese to prove to us fans that they’re not insane.
    2. Fabregas is exactly the kind of player we need i.e. world class midfielder.
    3. Some people on this blog just aren’t worth reading, replying to or commenting on. No name needed…


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