Marco Fassone has reiterated Milan’s trust in coach Vincenzo Montella and said the derby on Sunday is not decisive.
The international break is now over and the head of Milan is towards the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday (20:45 CET).
Based on recent years, Inter are clear favourites as they have 19 points out of 21 while Milan have had a rocky start, picking up just 12 points – one less than they had last season after the same number of matches. The defeats to Samp and Roma made fans turn on Montella but the position of the club is that he absolutely stays.
“Montella? He has our esteem and we have trust in Montella, a trust that is not only valid for 7-8 matchdays,” Fassone told Milannews.it last night. “We knowingly confirmed him and we know within the club that there is a need for some time, we hope not so much time, to produce a good game and to build that future we have talked about so many times. We have a strong team with quality players, in some matches we’ve already seen nice football and we expect a little bit at a time to grow.
“Sunday’s derby? I expect a nice derby. Milan and Inter want to return to being calcio protagonists and the derby sublimates this spirit. It will be a great challenge between two teams that are growing up. It’s an important game, it has a special meaning because it comes after two defeats in the league.
“But speech of a decisive derby is perhaps too much.” Montella and Fassone, however, are both aware that another defeat can make the supporters doubt the coach and the project even more.