Vincenzo Montella is looking forward to the Derby and answered to the statements of Silvio Berlusconi.
Milan lost two matches in a row and some fans want to see Montella fired but according to reports in China and today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, the club has total faith in the ability of the ex-Fiorentina coach and even if Milan lose to Inter on Sunday, he will stay.
Montella was at an event yesterday receiving the Gentleman award and the Rossoneri boss spoke to Sky ahead of the Derby.
“I’m happy to be here and receive this award from the journalists but we are thinking of the derby which is an important, beautiful and exciting game which is also very stimulating for a coach,” he said. “Often we forget we won the Supercoppa last year and today, despite the ‘particular’ start I feel the confidence of the club. I do this job with passion, I enjoy it and I’m stimulated to do even better.
“I’m delighted with the demonstration [of trust] from the club but I certainly know that I have responsibilities, I know that I have to get results and bring forward a growth project that we all have, the players and the team. The derby comes at the right time and I’m very confident because I saw good things also in the last game in which we deserved much more. The way we’re going in is the right one and we need to have some more understanding and a pinch of serenity.
“What I can say to those who have never played a derby? We are still few and we await the return of the internationals. Against Inter it will be a particular game and I think it takes heart and coolness. I don’t know if it will be the derby of Bonaventura and Suso but as of today [yesterday] I can say yes because we’re still so few. From Wednesday I will have to evaluate some situations, however they are two important players from whom I expect a lot. I’ll say no more to not give benefits to Spalletti.
“If I’m disappointed by the team? More than once, talking to [director of sport] Mirabelli, we [said we] knew that we would have a complicated start, we were hoping to start well because after so many changes it also takes a bit of luck. Today we can say that we haven’t had luck and we hope to have it. We know that we can do more but the process of change and renovation also involves highs and lows. This doesn’t make us happy nor gives us an alibi, we have to do more and we’ll do it.
“The derby can be a crossroads like many other games in a season. I expect a convincing performance in the lines of the last match where we were equals against a very strong team. I hope that the results then will be different and the boys will be able to provide more malice in the last 30 meters.
“If this Milan is Champions League worthy [Fassone said in an interview that not making it wouldn’t be a drama]? I think that we have the potential to be able to get there, we it must be our obsession but we mustn’t be fooled by the table. In the long run, this team is going to reach these goals.
“The words of Berlusconi? The President has the right to express all of his ideas. What he said must be put into context but on my part, I will always listen fully to him and to others. This job is mine and the decisions I make must be independent. I like listening to advice, such as Berlusconi’s, I didn’t like his much last season but I still listened and worked and there’s no type of controversy.
“I make the most out of my work which is also my passion.” From tomorrow, Montella will have the full squad at his disposal to work in full speed for the derby, knowing that he has to win this time.