Montella: “I saw a very good attitude against Lugano, Milan want to get back into the Champions League, Biglia…”

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Vincenzo Montella during Lugano-Milan at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Vincenzo Montella during Lugano-Milan at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

Vincenzo Montella was pleased with what he saw in the 4-0 friendly win over Lugano and said ‘we are attentive to the market; every team is improvable’.

After a week of training, Milan had their first pre-season test as today (Tuesday) they faced FC Lugano for a friendly at the Cornaredo Stadium in Switzerland.

Coach Vincenzo Montella started the match with all the new signings he had available as Mateo Musacchio was alongside Gabriel Paletta, while Ricardo Rodriguez was in the left-back position, Franck Kessié in midfield along with captain Ricardo Montolivo & Andrea Bertolacci, and Hakan Çalhanoğlu & Fabio Borini played as wingers.

It took Milan two minutes to get on the scoresheet as good link-up play between Kessié, Montolivo, Bertolacci and Patrick Cutrone ended with the 19-year-old striker getting his goal. Montella changed the entire XI on half time, and in the 63′ minute, another Milan youngster – Giovanni Crociata – scored, with Jose Mauri assisting. Mauri made another assist in the 83′ minute, finding Jose Sosa, who stopped the ball on his chest, before finding the back of the net. The Argentine contributed an assist of his own as his corner found Gustavo Gomez’s head in the 90′ minute. A 4-0 win after 90 minutes.

Fabio Borini, Patrick Cutrone, Ricardo Rodriguez, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Franck Kessié celebrating against Lugano at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July. (@acmilan.com)
Fabio Borini, Patrick Cutrone, Ricardo Rodriguez, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Franck Kessié celebrating against Lugano at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July. (@acmilan.com)

“The performance? I’m satisfied with the attitude this week and also today, and all the players are motivated,” Montella, who celebrated his 43rd birthday last month, told Milan TV at the end of the match. “It was important to have a positive start and we’ve done exactly that. We didn’t expect Lugano to play with a three-man backline, it took us a bit by surprise but we found our feet.

“When we weren’t in possession in the first half, we didn’t do what we worked on, but the spirit was seen. In the second half we did better, especially in the build-up play. There are things to work on but I’m satisfied because I saw the right spirit. The training sessions? We have less time compared to last season because of the Europa League qualifiers just around the corner, but we will be in good shape for the games that count. We have to of course improve our fitness levels but it’s still early.

“The new players? There is a great spirit in the squad and everyone wants to show what they can do. Everyone is willing to work hard. For a start, I’m very pleased. The youngsters? In recent years, some players came through the Youth Sector. Today Niccolò Zanellato played well and I’m also happy for the Crociata goal. Cutrone is also growing a lot, he’s made a lot of improvement.”

Giovanni Crociata and Jose Mauri celebrating against Lugano at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July. (@acmilan.com)
Giovanni Crociata and Jose Mauri celebrating against Lugano at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July. (@acmilan.com)

Montella later added: “I saw a very good attitude and from a tactical standpoint I couldn’t ask for more. I don’t have much to say, I see a great spirit and we are only at the first week of training. Those who have arrived have great spirit but I’m also excited by those who have remained.

“The renewal of Donnarumma [the goalkeeper signed an extension to 2021]? It was a long soap opera, but the important thing was to reach the final result. Gigio is like a son to us, now he will need support so he can be focused and even better. Now he is to all intents and purposes a champion. I am happy and think that this is the right choice for him too. Over the last few days the situation had taken this route. What I’d tell him? I don’t know. I might ask him why he didn’t take his Matura…

The squad before Milan-Lugano at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
The squad before Milan-Lugano at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“The whistles at M’Baye Niang and Mattia De Sciglio [both very likely to leave Milan this summer]? I didn’t hear them, but they’re used to it. Çalhanoğlu? I think he can play anywhere. With a little more freedom, he can express his talent to an even greater degree, even though Italian football does require a minimum of discipline. He’s very motivated and he won back some balls today. I think he needs to improve physically, but we will find a great player at the end of it.

“The squad? I think the club has moved well on the transfer market [Milan have already bought 7 players], and some thanks must be said to the players who played a great season last year. So far, we’ve worked well, but we’ll only tell how much the team has improved once we get on to the field. I think Napoli have reinforced the most by simply keeping the squad at their disposal intact.

“Lucas Biglia [Milan have been trying to close a deal with Lazio]? I know that the club is working well and can still do something more. A striker? You know more than us. All teams are improvable. We are attentive to the market and we are in sync with the directors to find the right profiles.

Vincenzo Montella during Lugano-Milan at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Vincenzo Montella during Lugano-Milan at the Cornaredo Stadium on the 11th of July, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“Our objectives for the upcoming season? We won’t deny that the new owners have a lot of enthusiasm and many resources. We have important objectives and want to get back into the Champions League, but it’ll be tough, because other sides out there have already come together.

“It will be a very difficult fight but we are away of that fact that we can play for it.” Milan’s next pre-season match is in China, as they face Borussia Dortmund on the 18th of July (13:20 CET Kickoff).

56 COMMENTS

  1. It was a nice start hope that the team develops consistently till our big Milan is back. Regarding the new signings and the youngsters who played today I really love and enjoy seeing our youth players play for the first teams and I believe that those guys are talented however I don’t think that they are ready for the first team yet. Also it’s worth mentioning that mauri really deserves a chance with the team Mauri could be as good as a new signing. Finally the new signings kesse show a promising player that will hopefully boss the midfield for years to come he is very physical and I hope to see him play next to mauri or locatelli one day. Forza rossoneri.

     
  2. For me Mauri was the best today, it seems a more attacking role in the mid suits him, in this 4-3-3 he reminded me of Xhavi with that pass…..i really hope he stay as a back up.

     
  3. Montella pls give Mauri,Crociata and Cutrone a chance this season, and good news Niang is on his way to fenerbahce

     
    • On the money Kaka22. The new kids including Mauri were very impressive.
      Lugano is a good team mind you but we did really well.
      Just need a solid striker. We lost out on James and he went cheap in this market. Unreal.

       
  4. Like i said almost a year ago, mauri must stay.
    I hope fassobelli can wrap up all the transfers before 1st official match starts making it easier for montella to decide the tactics, formation and starting lineup.
    Whatever happened to kjaer/koscielny rumours though? Gomez cant be the only back up cb

     
  5. Have watched the replay 10x over and there’s one man I can’t stop thinking about Jose Mauri…..with just a little work to do, that guy will be a ★ trust me

     
  6. The way I saw it, there was not much difference in terms of play style (compared to last season). I was expecting new signings to be able to hold the ball pretty well under their feet. Even some kind of dribble displays as well. Based on yesterday’s performance, I only saw Kessie shine out from the lot. He was able to hold the ball quite nicely and showed some body strength as well.

    Also, Mauri and Crociata were impressive! Lets see how they hold up against better teams.

    Rest it was all back and forth passing that too against a weaker team. Of all the signings, only Silva, Rodriguez and Kessie seem promising to me. We still need a quality attacking MID who can hold the ball in attack and who’d be willing to take on players with some cutting edge skills.
    Milan please don’t spend huge amounts of money on players based on their good form over a single season. We all know about the quick rise and decline El Shaarawy. Anyone can hit good form for a season or half of it. Consistency adds value.

     
    • Like i said, 4-3-3 isnt suitable for milan’s current roster. The sooner montella comes to his senses the better. It would be a real tragedy if milan fail to even beat lazio, inter, roma and maybe napoli in classifica
      I also said biglia will be essential for milan because their current mf roster svck a golf ball through a garden hose

       
  7. The funny thing about mauri is that people who are praising him now are the very same people who trash talked about him every time others said mauri should stay at milan

     
    • I was one of those guys, but I’ve never seen Mauri play like he did yesterday. It was only one game so I’ll still reserve my judgement, but if he can keep it up, the Empoli loan period did him well.

       
      • Well, theres that juve game and some others in his parma days. Also, he never was the worst mf on the field when he played sparingly for milan. Hell, even empoli mf schooled milan last season

         
        • Juve game? Not in a Milan shirt. Or do you refer to the coppa italia final?
          I was referring to performances in the Milan shirt btw!
          We played the remainder of the season with a non-existent player in Pasalic, of course the players would eventually fatigue playing in a two-man midfield and get run over 😉

           
    • I personally take nothing from this game. It was a practice match (and against Lugano).
      Don’t think Mauri can help us too much next year, should go out for another loan probably.

       
  8. j.Mauri,cutrone and crociata are all stars * in the making,they had good touch on the ball and nice spped mixed with strength am sure we won’t value them unless they were playing for another club where we have to pay 24 mil to get them ,montella act wisely please

     
  9. We played well but lugano is not a team we should be celebrating our winning for we have international Cup in germany against dortmud ,inter,munich it is in those game i can rate our current club and d 4 3 3 formation which is not really working well for milan .the boys played well and i saw new future talents hope they can keep d spirit high.

     
  10. As much as we love the win and new team and everything lets not get carried away.

    Yeah we have great new players and everything but this was friendly game with Lugano. (remember the time we have beaten Real Madrid 4:2 during winter break and sucked for the rest of the season?)

    Let them finish preseason in peace without much hype. We can judge them after a few months.

     
  11. First of all. Mauri was not good only yesterday. Yesterday he dominated the midfield and because of the everybody whent crazy, which is normal. For those of you who say that he is not ready to play for us, did you see that boy play?! Last year in Empoli jersey when played against us he impressed me with his defensive work rate. He is a player that can have tehique like Sosa and fighting spirit like Kucka. He was surely missing from our midfield last season.
    There are also “clever” remarks that Empoli didn’t played him often, so why should we? Of course that Empoli didn’t want to groom our player that they can’t buy, it’s not like they are Milan (Pasalic).
    Anyway I can be wrong, but I feel that Mauri can become world-class

     
      • You know me… But for real, who wouldn’t use 84 ovr player that can’t miss a goal? I would use Lapadula too but there is no “bite like a pitbull” trait in FIFA

         
  12. I say just one word: patience. We can talk all we want and say what we have to say but let’s not act like we’re super analyzers. The players will show their talents more in future games and we will choose who we decide to support.

     
  13. Are you all still positive about new Chinese owners? They have offered our direct rivals romagnoli and de Sciglio plus 30million for bonnucci a 30 year old interista and juventus player. If they ever sold romagnoli to juventus I will be pissed off more than ever. Juventus will have the best defense for 10 years. I had already warned you all about Chinese owners. How can they even touch a golden jewel in romagnoli who was one of the greatest buy of galliani era. Idc about delete Sciglio
    I want galliani back so that one of this nonsense happen.

     
    • Hahaha how mad are they????? 30M + Romagnoli + De sciglio hahahaha.

      30M + 30 to 50M + 15M = at least 75M

      Wowwwwwwwwwww hahahaha. More expensive than Aubameyang hahahahah.

       
  14. It’s reported Milan is in negotiations to sign Bonucci from juventus and will be in exchange with Romagnoli and Desciglio plus cash.. The player has agreed but juventus will get back in 72 hours. I don’t think we should give away Romagnoli considering his talent and future. I say we keep him.

     
    • Well tbh mate, I dont think thats true, it’s the biggest transfer bs I have read today. De Sciglio to Juve, probably true, but Allesio + Mattia? I dont think so.

      Though no disrespect to you, I am glad you share this news with us, even though its probably nonsense.
      I mean I read a lot of shit too haha.

      Forza Milan mate!

       
    • If the offer is romagnoli + de judas + < 15m then its a fantastic deal for milan. Romagnoli, like loca, calabria and maradona of gk are all promises while bonucci is proven barca neutralizer, like musacchio. I really doubt juve are that dumb though

       
  15. To those who said this was meaningless game, u simply dont understand the importance of match fitness, playing experience, talent scouting and opportunity for tactical adjustments that friendly matches provide. Besides, had milan lost, u wouldve lost it. Who r u kidding

     
  16. I just Read that Milan Have an agreement with Leo Bonucci As we want to give away Romagnoli and De Sciglio and pay him 7m a season.

    Someone please tell me we are losing our focus here as Romagonli can become better in the next few years.Please stop this Fasobelli.

     
  17. Judging from this game, if we really force to use 4 3 3 i think we can utilise mauri on mezalla..kessie will be the one that do dirty work…and we still need a regista as montolivo and sosa performance is just so so
    And hell yeah, i can really see where chalhaboglu can fit into this 4 3 3 as he is as lazy as ozil
    But if we play 4 1 2 1 2 then it will be possible to play chalhanoglu
    We still really need a winger or auba and proper regista

     
  18. Judging from this game, if we really force to use 4 3 3 i think we can utilise mauri on mezalla..kessie will be the one that do dirty work…and we still need a regista as montolivo and sosa performance is just so so
    And hell yeah, i cant really see where chalhaboglu can fit into this 4 3 3 as he is as lazy as ozil
    But if we play 4 1 2 1 2 then it will be possible to play chalhanoglu
    We still really need a winger or auba and proper regista

     
  19. Plssssssssssssss don’t include Romagnoli in Bonucci deal. Juventus defenders are old and tired so was the reason they lost woefully to Madrid 1-4. Romagnoli is very young. Milan wake up don’t sell ur asset

     
  20. BREAKING: Milan Offer Mattia De Sciglio and Alessio Romagnoli as part of deal for Bonucci. According to the news Bonucci has agreed personal term of E120 per week and Juve has asked AC Milan management for 72 hours to decide if they will accept the offer or not…

    But the question is Why will Fassone and Mirall includes Romagnoli as part of the deal when they are taking about milan project and five years plans.

    Am not understanding

     
    • Well it’s because some people want to sell paper and traffic on their websites. Bonucci to Milan is crap news. That has to be the dumbest rumour all summer.

       
  21. I’ve also seen that about Bonucci, it has to be bullshit, it would be like Juventus signing Nesta from us back in the day, it wouldn’t happen

     
  22. seriously am beggining to doubt the tenacity of fassone and mirabelli…how can any management even think about releasing to young promising players for an old retiring one,romagnoli is good and wud be better ,plsss leave him alone at Milan

     

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