Montella: “We played on par with Roma, I feel the club’s confidence every day, it is only the start and I am not worried”

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Vincenzo Montella during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Vincenzo Montella during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

Vincenzo Montella was pleased with what he saw from his team, despite suffering a 2-0 defeat as he believes ‘we should not be misled by the result.’

Milan’s perfect record at San Siro came to an end last night as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Roma and Eusebio Di Francesco.

Montella played 3-5-2 with André Silva and Nikola Kalinić up front, and Mateo Musacchio alongside Leonardo Bonucci and Alessio Romagnoli in defense, using Fabio Borini as a right wingback, alongside Franck Kessié, Lucas Biglia, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Ricardo Rodriguez.

After an uneventful first half, Milan emerged as the stronger side in the second half as they were more organized and dangerous than Roma. However, one moment of brilliance from Dzeko (assisted by Lady Luck) was enough to sink Milan as Edin beat Gianluigi Donnarumma in the 72′ minute.

This goal showed just how mentally fragile this Rossoneri side is, as they dropped their heads after conceding, and suffered another goal five minutes later – this time scored by Alessandro Florenzi. If that wasn’t enough, then in the 80′ minute, Hakan Çalhanoğlu suffered a second yellow and got sent off. Milan lost their 2nd straight Serie A match and are heading into the Derby in a poor condition.

Fabio Borini, Franck Kessié, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Fabio Borini, Franck Kessié, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“Tactically, this was our best game,” Montella told MilanTV. “We are disappointed with the result, it could have been a turning point. We weren’t lucky, it could have ended in a different way. I have nothing to reproach the boys for and I want to thank the fans at San Siro for the big applause.

“Milan were destined to lose after the goal? It was a cold shower, but we tried to bounce back. With the red card shown to Çalhanoğlu, the match was over and we lost cohesion. Borini [who was one of the best]? He always makes himself available, he played a good game, showing great spirit.

“We’re four points behind 4th place [potentially 6 points since Roma have another match in hand]? I can say that there’s not much difference in our style of football compared to the teams above us. And after this performance, I’m not worried and this match has given me many convictions and a lot of desire to recover. Two years ago, Juve were at the bottom of the standings and then won the Scudetto.

Lucas Biglia and Radja Nainggolan during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Lucas Biglia and Radja Nainggolan during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

“We must be united and balanced. We missed the goal? We lacked a bit of ‘madness’ in front of goal. We lacked those moves that could have broken their defense. The derby? With these matches, the level of attention is always higher. I don’t know how much the international break can be of help, I want to bounce back immediately after this defeat. I saw lots of positive things we can work on.

“The trust of the club [it was announced shortly after the match that Montella’s position is safe]? I want to thank the club, I have always felt they believe in me, although I know the risks of this job. I am pleased they have spoken highly of me, they can see the work we are doing despite the results.

“We played with a precise idea in everything. The flaws are there but it’s normal and I’m happy with that. I’ve seen many positive things to refine and improve. We’ll try to sharpen our skills.”

Vincenzo Montella and Leonardo Bonucci at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella and Leonardo Bonucci at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Speaking to Sky Italia, the coach said: “I’m reasonably satisfied with the performance. On the field we showed that it’s becoming a direct conformation, we played on par with them. It was our best match in terms of aggression, and then there was the incident where Dzeko was a bit lucky.

“I’m satisfied with what was seen on the field. I’m sorry and I won’t sleep because we lost, and I’m even more sorry for our fans who applauded us in the end. The gap with Roma? We are getting closer, we can play it to the end with Roma, I’m very confident. The post-Sampdoria situation [Milan lost 2-0 in Genova]? Some lessons are of service and it can be of service if there’s a group wanting to improve.

Alessandro Florenzi scoring during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Alessandro Florenzi scoring during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“In addition to the ideas and game harmony, I saw a new spirit, of a Milan level, a spirit of a team. We wanted to win, we did not succeed. The club’s confidence? I feel it on a daily basis, the club is very well-balanced in evaluating and judging what the team is doing.

“Critics and exaggerations must be accepted, as it’s part of the risks of the craft. My situation? I know the risks of the job, we’ve had highs and lows that were also foreseeable. I’m not worried. Roma two years ago were far from the top [Roma finished in third place two seasons ago].”

Patrick Cutrone and Roma players celebrating at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Patrick Cutrone and Roma players celebrating at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Montella also had an interview with Premium Sport: “I was much more worried after the Sampdoria game, where I couldn’t figure out what had happened. The boys have to be satisfied with the spirit, we played on level terms with Roma. Even down to 10 men, we didn’t fall apart.

“I think this is the right track, the players had the correct attitude. I am satisfied with both the spirit and the quality of the football. This defeat was the essence of football, as little incidents and luck can make a huge difference. Milan played consistently, we played the way I like and we created numerous chances. If one had gone in, we’d be here talking about a different result.

“I see the path as no longer an uphill struggle, but more of a clear way ahead. The defensive phase? In possession we had beautiful harmony. I am satisfied. There are many small errors during a game, but that’s true of all teams. Dzeko’s goal went in with that deflection and bit of luck since the shot would’ve probably gone out, so there’s not much you can do about that.

Fabio Borini, Aleksandar Kolarov and Radja Nainggolan during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Fabio Borini, Aleksandar Kolarov and Radja Nainggolan during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

“Borini? I struggle to find someone who didn’t play at a Milan level. Fabio’s spirit was important. Roma are a great team, last year we were behind them by more than 20 points and they had practically the same side as last season. On Sunday we played on a par with them.

“The many signings in the summer [Milan signed 11 new players, started 9 of them yesterday]? The club made a clear choice, we wanted to create a competitive squad and brought in a lot of quality all over the pitch. Our hope is that these players can improve and represent the future of Milan.

“The future? It’s only the start, I am not worried. I think if we play with this consistency, then we can have our say and get back into it. After all, this time two years ago Juventus weren’t even in the Europa League places and they ended up winning the Scudetto.”

Vincenzo Montella and Eusebio Di Francesco at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella and Eusebio Di Francesco at the end of Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

In the post-match press conference, the 43-year-old ex-Roma man said: “We played on par with Roma, the spirit was right as was the consistency. I think we could’ve won in the second half. We should not be misled by the result, which disturbs me and will make me not sleep. I remain optimistic.

“The goals conceded? I think the team did well until the 70′ minute, when there was the great Dzeko goal, which was also lucky. If there was a deflection in other side of the pitch we’d be commenting on another game. The fans [there were over 60k]? They are the added value and I thank them for their sensitivity as they applauded us despite the defeat, appreciating our commitment and performance.

Milan fans during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Milan fans during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“I felt the warmth of the fans even after the end of the match and I believe that despite the defeat, the players have to thank for the support. The team is young, I think sometimes there may be a need for more caresses. We go home sorry for the result, but not for the performance.

“The club’s confidence? I’m pleased, I know the risks of this profession. Obviously, everything us related to the results [Milan’s record this season is 10 wins, 3 defeats]. How to solve the problems? We must not abandon our certainties and our desire to improve every day. I’m confident.

André Silva during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
André Silva during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on October 1, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“André Silva? He went very close to scoring, he played a great game. Roma gives more spaces than other Italian midfields. Suso and Bonaventura were on the bench [Jack was brought on as a sub after Çalhanoğlu’s red card]? Last year we finished 24 points below Roma. They are two resources and they’ve shown their value. They are a part of the team and they will give us a hand.

“The 4-3-3 has been put aside? Last year we got 23 points less than the third place. We have another team, other players and there is something different we have to do. For such a formation, it takes wingers who can score 12-15 goals each… [Napoli’s Lorenzo] Insigne scores 15 goals and [Jose Maria] Callejon scores 12-15 goals per season [the Partenopei are top of the table with 7 wins out of 7].”

Milan currently have 12 points, one less than they had last year after the same number of matches. Montella has plenty of work cut out for him and a win in the derby after the break is essential.

21 COMMENTS

  1. As I have stated in other forum, I’d take my poisition after Milan’s match vs Roma and Inter. Well, your salvation opportunity is on the next game Mr. Montella,

  2. go n resigne him now.we don’t have a gud team no quality players Wu can mention a quality player in our team.just quantity accelloti wit d calibre of players he as at Bayern he was sack n for sure he can’t kum to Milan Bcos we don’t Av team elshawary is even better Dan 90percent of our players am certain if he was a Milan player he would start n carry d team along bcoz he as done it before.montella ur days r no with d results u acquired.

    • Did you actually watch the match? El Sharaawy was awful, and yes we have quality, we have more quality in our defense and midfield than Inter and Lazio

  3. 3-5-2 is a failed experiment. When the team is failing with 3-5-2 against roma, the formation could’ve easily switched back to 4-4-2. Or 4-3-1-2 or 4-2-3-1 with the resources we had and switched to a high pressing game after first half.

    Even though Roma match needed a High Pressing game from Milan for whole 90 mins, it may not always be a good choice for a team to go with for all 90 mins because
    1. We are playing 2 games a week so stamina is an issue.
    2. We can’t afford our wingers to get injured as we don’t have enough depth in wings.

    Even though Milan can’t afford to go for a pressing game for 90 mins, we can surely go for a pressing game at least for one half, may it be the first or second. We can go for a 3-5-2 defense line after scoring 1 or 2 goals from a pressing game. Or when we weren’t getting any goals with a 3-5-2 in first half, we could have switched to a high pressing 4-1-2-1-2 and tried an attacking football in second half.

    We didn’t have to go with a constant formation. Why couldn’t we try both formations with 3 man back and 4 man back?

    Montella’s tactical mistake is not being able to finding a first team. 7th week in league is no time for experiment. At this period of a season, there should’ve been at least a chosen first team. Of course the team can’t gel, there is no first team for Milan., Who will gel with whom ? All players are playing randomly without any strategy. Only way a strategy could’ve been formed is if there was a first team that played together constantly so they could learn each others strengths and weakness and work accordingly.

    What I don’t understand is, the reason of playing Borini over talented players who can actually put an impact in game through individual performances or benching talents like Bona or Suso. I am not against 3-5-2, nor I want Montella out or anything. I simply am a fan that wishes to watch a Milan coach display a tactical superiority over other teams instead of explaining his mistakes. Montella has all the resources for that, but he probably is under too much pressure to think clearly and apply superior tactics. Or maybe he has lost the dressing room. Something is definitely wrong here. Maybe Montella isn’t the one to blame for it. But he sure needs to figure it out fast. Time is running out for him.

  4. He can go. But maybe not know. No coach could handle dis team and give instant result in great way.
    Even we get anceloti as a manager, wenger as youth development manager, Conte as fitness instructur and Guardiola as technic direktur, we will still lack of results.
    Just be patient as a fan. And thank God for what our squad shown last day. Not much, but I see hope in tactical way. At least, we were not conceded too much goal last night…

    • We were beating by roma in our sansiro after spending 230m? I used to be a montella supporter but he has proved me wrong to believe those bashing him from onset as a mid table coach. We got pretty good players . Kessie,calha,biglia,silva,bonucci,rodr…. they were all first team players last season, any reasonable coach could atleast get a draw in difficult matches with these players. Montella should use 4231.

      ————————– Dona————————————–
      Abate ________musa_______bonuci____rr________

      ____________kessie____________biglia______________

      Suso________________calha_______________bona___

      _____________________silva/kalinic/cutrone________

      With this he can make use of suso whom without him we cannot score goals again.

  5. Alot better display, The dzeko goal was lucky, and Roma didnt look better then Milan. Hopefully he sticks with this starting 11 for serieA games and Plays The others in Europa league. Borini is acctuly better then abate just needs to improve is passing and crosses. Rest Will take time for The team to gel.

    And btw inter is beatable they hadde lucky Wins most ofte The other teams domineres then and i do belive Milan can win.

  6. puang maknic nice one tell dem if u like take d best coaches wit dis squad we r on a longtin Na by coach mak guadiola come Milan now let’s c Wot will b d outcome

  7. Montella’s problem since last season has been his inability to outthink the opposition during games. He keeps doing the same thing for 90 damn minutes. I expected some sort of change in approach after 60 minutes but Stubborntella waited till after 2 goals to even change a player

  8. Suso & Bona av also gotten their chances but they played absolute rubbish…..stingy ass players with no vision &, finesse…..Kessie is just average….. Av watched his style of play and noticed that’s d best he can offer but when such players play for mid table teams(ATALANTA) they tend to look decent coz mid table teams get their results anyhow….they don’t even care about good football which Is unacceptable here…….KESSIE IS AVERAGE at best….kucka is way better…..and someone still nagging on why Borini gets to start ahead of other options….. Its obvious he was the Best player in RED & BLACK today…….is there any player Montella haven’t used yet……I remember we started d season with 433…..y’all complained he didn’t have any tactics….that he shu switch to 3-5-2….now y’all complaining….. Am not supporting montella either…..but we made d wrong signings especially in MF…..Biglia was the only right choice at that position…..I must confess we still need to spend another 150m to bolster the middle… Which i don’t know where d money will come from…..we lack creativity & Dynamism…….you can’t expect a MALDINI to do a KAKA & vice versa

  9. The truth is 352 is not for Milan, any slight mistake by d cb is a goal, it’s such a fragile system, ask Wenger…yes it’s good for possession but what is possession without goals…revert to 4 at d back n juggle d MF n attack. January is around d corner, sell part of dis over bloated CB n buy a good winger or a LWF and I still believe we have bona, hakan n Silva who can play as d LWF so I don understand dis sticking with a shit formation day is making us lose…any team with fast strikers will punish Milan with dis 352…and why does it take 75minutes B4 a coach makes changes,…answer is no plan B….d problem is Montella takes too long to process info like a 1950 computer…one thing I love about guardiola is he is not a stickler to a formation, he changes things once he is found out…it’s called dynamism but montella wants to retain 3 at d back to make bonucci happy, at d detriment of Milan, its unacceptable…d Buck stops at his table n he is d one I am against…shld Milan sack Montella? Personally, I say no, but he needs a check, he must stop fumbling…

    • 3-4-3 is a good formation but that requires at least 4 players that can play offensively and defensively in wings. I don’t think current Milan squad has that depth in wings. If D.Silva Arrives in January, then maybe we can go for it. But for now, it would be a bigger disaster with 3-4-3. With 3-5-2, milan is supposed to have a strong defensive line with mids helping the defense. Montella’s mistake is going with a high defense line with 3-5-2, leaving midfield empty most of the times during counter attacks and our midfielders take too long to run back and join the defense during a counter, that’s why we are conceding so much goals and so many mistakes are happening by CBs. Bonucci is not a bad defender at all, he is just not getting enough support from our DMs and CMs during an attack from opposition.

  10. Even when roma was much better and inzhagi that happens to the world most poorest coach in the world,he has to call berlusconi on team selection,he played 433 all through the season, the team had issues yet he got 4 points from roma and three points from napoli. Now, these over rated James Bond coach has meet roma three times and he lost all the games,he will surely lost against inter. He does not have any business coaching Milan. How can you be looking for excuse after spending so much? What’s the essence of allowing poli and kulka to leave when the so called kessie and bigilia are not performing. He should now otherwise we would be fighting for 8th position with the likes of Genoa and the likes.

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