Abbiati: “Annoyed by teammates who answer back to the coach’s instructions, our attitude was wrong”

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Christian Abbiati didn’t spare his teammates criticism after the 0-0 draw with Chievo: ‘we must all play to win’.

Abbiati was brought on from the bench on Sunday in the 19′ minute, replacing Gianluigi Donnarumma (who is fine and should be available for the next match).

Christian, 38, kept the Rossoneri in the game with some good saves but Milan failed again to win the three points and while assistant coach Nenad Sakic thinks his boys showed good things, Abbiati doesn’t believe the attitude was there today.

Abate protested against the team’s attitude in the heat of the moment? Yes, the attitude was wrong today and it was wrong against Sassuolo too,” Abbiati said in a post-match interview with Mediaset. “In the past two months we played like Milan and got the results. We played nine matches without losing but we didn’t solve everything. I have no words for the start of today’s match, for the first 30 minutes.

“It’s not that we don’t work, it’s precisely the attitude that was wrong. We had to get on the pitch with a lot more hunger like we did in the second half in which we played a good game.

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“I won’t speak of individuals but it annoys me when my teammates answer back when they’re getting instructions [from the coach during matches]: they take it as criticism when it’s just constructive. We must all play to win because even if one of the 11 doesn’t have a winning attitude, we won’t get the result.

“This has been lacking in the last two games and I don’t want to cause drama because we’re coming off two months in which we did well. Unfortunate incidents that didn’t allow us to get the three points? Those are part of the game. If Bertolacci had scored when he hit the bar surely we would’ve won but the wrong attitude of the first 30 minutes of this game and of the match against Sassuolo would still remain.

“The objective of this season? We have reached the final of the Coppa Italia but the league is not over yet. We are Milan we must not be content with 6th place, we must target reaching the teams that are ahead of us. There are still nine league games and a Coppa final [which takes place after Serie A ends].

“We shouldn’t pull the plug because we’re all wearing a heavy and very important jersey.” Abbiati, like Miha, Sakic and all the fans will hope to see Milan play a completely different match next Sunday.

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Mojdanis
Mojdanis
5 years ago

Abbiati is one of the legends of Milan and he played with much better players than these that we have now,so it has to be bad situation when he must go publicly about their attitude.

kaka's fan
5 years ago

We need players who believe they can win and who believe that they can be better than messi n cr7. Your mind is your greatest asset. Put mauri in and Calabria in and c how those youngsters make use of their chance . y? Because they’re hungry and want to win with the team so they can play with the team

C
C
5 years ago

These so called players that answer back should be kicked out of the club and never play

wes
5 years ago
Reply to  C

The Tactics are WRONG, obviously Chievo was packing it in and playing for the counter, using strong arm fouls to break up play. The refs certainly aided their efforts awarding silly fouls to Milan in dangerous positions yet on the other end letting Chievo get away with many unchecked fouls. We were on the road and should expect a ref to be kind, we should have played more possession in the back attempting to draw them out of the shell, and striking when they do. It can be difficult to break a team down when they park the bus but… Read more »

I-Milan
I-Milan
5 years ago

Interesting, I heard Miha blasted the players as not been good enough, and then a disclaimer was quickly put out that he never said such. Hmmm… Whichever way, there are signs of a meltdown again. Seedorf said it to the Curva Sud, they betrayed him and even management turned its back on him. They said he lost the dressing room. We know about Inzaghi’s outburst on the bus about the players not been worthy of the shirt, and one of the players replying that they may not be worthy of the shirt, but he (Inzaghi) was not worthy of being… Read more »

wes
5 years ago
Reply to  I-Milan

I agree with some of your points….I am up in the air about “letting a coach pick his players”. I have thought about this myself. Realistically, pro soccer isn’t FIFA 2016 for the playstation. The owners / organisations are the ones who have to pay for the player…not the coach. If you put yourself in Berlusconi’s shoes — would you hire an unproven coach and before he has even coached a game — let him decide how to spend your $150 million? I wouldn’t. Only a few coaches in my opinion have the ability to “pick” their players. Obviously, they… Read more »

Milan10
5 years ago
Reply to  wes

So manajers/coaches arent supposed to pick their own players and to choose their prefered tactics/formations just like movie directors arent supposed to direct movies according to their own specific styles or even to pick their prefered actors?

Are u sure ur not berlusconi?

Sheva – mourinho – abramovich saga, ring a bell?

wes
5 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

I think you play too much FIFA 2016 in manager mode. Soccer isn’t Hollywood and they do have “low-budget” films because directors can just pick whatever players they want. Apples to Oranges and your analogy doesn’t make sense.

Hasowayne
Hasowayne
5 years ago

Abbiati name the names of these player, please cause DRAMA that’s what Milan needs for the f***ing management to wake up.. You guys should fight dirty, also involve the Curva Sud.. Let there be an uproar… Milan totally needs to be RE-BORN.

I-Milan
I-Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  Hasowayne

The rot I believe goes back to what Seedorf tried to address. Management made a harsh of it and sacrificed the coach (Seedorf), instead of instilling discipline which ought to be a Milan tradition. They swept everything under the carpet and made it look like once Seedorf was out of the picture, a team of dedicated, loyal players will emerge. Then the problem showed up under Inzaghi (even though poor Inzaghi left us with little to applaud as a coach). It seemed it was all gone under Miha. But, it was only a matter of time. Now the ugly monster… Read more »

yourBoss
yourBoss
5 years ago

I saw Bona arguing and pushing an opponent in the dying minutes of the match. Team was needing a goal with time running out while he satisfying his fukn ego.

Milan10
5 years ago

Well well, looks like all this time milan have more pressing problems than just disinterested incompetent day dreaming owner and top mgmt, they have mentally weak players with bad attitude too. Some good results successfully cover this up but one bad moment ot two later the problem start surfacing. I remember netherlands of 1990, they were heavy favorites to win wc in italy. They had everything, great players, great coach, clear playing scheme but months before kick off they self imploding due to massive ego clash between players, coach, and knvb. It was media circus and they fell apart in… Read more »

ck
ck
5 years ago

To say that miha is at fault is a joke. Someone commented that miha approved the signing of bertolacci. If I did not remember wrongly, berto was signed even before the appointment of miha. To say that he started cerci for 12 games, the fact is miha is unconvinced by Honda when he was playing in the middle as he is not a winger. Everybody was saying that honda should be playing in the middle and his performance was poor hence he was dropped. Cerci was tried and failed. Honda was reinstated but to be honest, i am still not… Read more »

I-Milan
I-Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  ck

Maybe he did not approve Bertolacci’s signing, but he has been playing him when fit ahead of a Mauri! Even headless-chicken Poli still puts in some energetic display.

ck
ck
5 years ago
Reply to  I-Milan

Please go and look at mauri’s physique. He is not evev 170cm and his weight is less than 70kg. He’s not a leo messi. He is a box to box or defensive mid. If you don’t have the height, then you should at least have the weight as he needs to be physical with opponents. Look at de jong and mascherano. They may not be tall but at least they have the weight. This applies for gattuso as well. Mauri has neither height nor weight. Opponents will bulldoze him.

I-Milan
I-Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  ck

What has Berto done with his supposed height or weight advantage over Mauri? Has he imposed himself on any game?

Mojdanis
Mojdanis
5 years ago
Reply to  ck

Ok i will just go with: Pirlo,Xavi,Modric,Iniesta,Verrati. All of them applied on CM played beautifully. No height no weight just pure football brain.

King Kaka
King Kaka
5 years ago
Reply to  ck

N’golo Kante at Leicester City says hi.

Mojdanis
Mojdanis
5 years ago
Reply to  ck

Verrati,Pirlo,Iniesta,Xavi,Modric

dope
dope
5 years ago
Reply to  Mojdanis

mojdanis none of those you mentioned are box to box

Mojdanis
Mojdanis
5 years ago
Reply to  Mojdanis

Well that definition of Mauri as box-to-box midfielder is something that is from Football manager or some site. Believe me when i say he can play also as DLP or regista or even as plain CM. For god sakes he is 19 years old even Miha can’t define hes position that accurate right now.

wes
5 years ago
Reply to  ck

Here is food for thought…. maybe some creativity that could have happened early on. 4-3-3 1. Mexes as a defensive midfielder — reasoning: Strong, Aggressive, Athletic, has clear offense capabilities but is too shaky to have as a center back. Playing him in front of the back 4 would give him freedom to roam, disrupt, and finish more chances in the box, while giving him support defensively so that when he gets beat he has time to recover. Think Vidal at Juventus. 2. De Jong as a center defensive mid — reasoning: Strong, Aggressive, Athletic, Highest Passing % in the… Read more »

Milan10
5 years ago
Reply to  wes

Milan did play with 4-3-3 formation earlier this season, it just didnt work out for 4-3-3 is very attacking and possesion oriented formation and milan midfielders are, well.. And mexes in his career twilight as cm/dm? Genius. A reverse beckenbauer if u will, a defender turns midfielder. And static cm like monto as left mf in 4-3-3 iniesta/laudrup style? Brilliant. Putting monto – de jong – mexes as 3 mfs in 4-3-3 formation so milan can have defensive midfield? Because allegri was very successful playing with 3 defensive minded midfielders in his time at milan right? And 3 forwards with… Read more »

ck
ck
5 years ago

Hallmark of miha’s career? U r still dreaming. Y is ancelotti taking over bayern munich? I am not saying that miha is a great manager but to say that milan is still in everybody’s dream. U got to be kidding.

I-Milan
I-Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  ck

FYI, any coach of Miha’s calibre will rush beg to take up coaching Milan, because they know it will be a launchpad for them. Ancelotti DOES NOT need Milan, because he has won nearly everything to win in football. Bayern offers him a chance to replicate his successes in Germany. It’s a whole different matter and Carlo and Sinisa are world’s apart in two different leagues (pun intended).

ck
ck
5 years ago
Reply to  I-Milan

Yes. Milan will be a launchpad if we continue to spend like this season. For the past few seasons, we spend lesser than mid table teams. Launchpad? Seems like the Bee deal is off and we are back to square one. Launchpad for who?

ck
ck
5 years ago

Pressure to get recruitment? Are you providing the funds? Has Bee taechaubol’s deal gone through? Think before u talk

otte
5 years ago

Comment: happy to see that some people here understand that we suffer from tactical problem. There can be no excuse for the kind of performances we are putting. The coach is lacking in style and tactics. He’s too slow and not fresh. With our style we will always depends on luck cos our strikers are not been feed. The worse milan can not put five good passes at a time. He kept playing cerci until cerci hated himself. Milan start from scratch in all matches

I-Milan
I-Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  otte

Exactly.

Miha just had a lucky first 2 months of 2016, and people went blind to his gross tactical deficiency. A good coach always thinks about possibilities and probabilities. Suppose this player drops in form? Suppose this one picks up a major injury? Suppose someone picks up a red card in a game and we’re suddenly a man down? How do I reorganize the team? What are the game plan to plug the hole? How do I change gear when players are having a bad day on the field? How do I bring home the bacon even when playing badly?

ck
ck
5 years ago

You don’t even have players who can string simple passes and you wanna talk about tactics. Plan B? With who? Poli balo menez. A jose mauri that is 168cm and weight 62kg as a def mid? The first team is not even good enough and you want plan B. Most of you are either blind or self delusional.

ck
ck
5 years ago

If you want to talk about tactics you must first have the players. Allegri won title with Ibra. W/o ibra, he’s gone. Now he’s at Juve. He has dybala and co so he has tactical plays. Tactics??????

I-Milan
I-Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  ck

Stop making excuses for a coach who is average at best. Miha is a mid-table class coach. It’s what management want and that’s what they are getting. I remember Galliani running his mouth after Barbara realistically said the target was Europa League. Galliani buoyed by the false hope of 2 months said Champions’ League REMAINS the objective, making it look as if Lady B just some spoilt-little-rich-girl-he-was-tolerating-because-her-father-owned-the-club. People like Galliani live on false hopes and faded glory. They find it hard to admit that time has left them behind while they stood still admiring the successes of days gone by.… Read more »

Milan10
5 years ago

Suppose milan sack miha then hire guardiola himself, what difference would pep make with this squad and mgmt that keep interfering and harassing both squad and coach while not giving proper fund for transfer and not even having clear plan ahead? Miha isnt milan silver lining but the problems go much deeper than a coach who’s just been there for less than 10 months. Replacing him wont solve anything much. Yes he’s not tactical genius like rinus michels or carlos bianchi but he did beat inter and fiorentina in 2nd half of the season so he must have done something… Read more »

wes
5 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

I think a tactical genius would be able to out coach Chievo, Genoa and some of the other sides we have struggled with, we only need a few points and we are in Europe. 4 million- 6 million a year for a good coach to get us some extra points vs an additional $100-$250 million you suggest.

BleedRedAndBlack
BleedRedAndBlack
5 years ago

Last time we won the UCL, it was 2006-07. Then, 1. Both Juventus and Napoli were in Serie B. 2. Barca earned as much as we did back then. 3. Bayern finished fourth and went out of UCL spots back then. They earned less than us. 4. Our team had the best player in the world (kaka), best midfielder (pirlo) , best defender (nesta) and best coach (ancellotti). Right now leicester, arsenal, spurs, city, chelsea, united, west ham, dortmund, wolfsburg, bayern, sevilla, villareal, athletico, sassuolo, inter, roma, fiorentina, napoli and benfica can definitely match or beat us while PSG, barca,… Read more »

dejan10
dejan10
5 years ago

I don’t get what’s going on at Milan… All the positive results of the past two months feel like they’re on the verge of being flushed down the toilet.

angry birds
angry birds
5 years ago

Agree with some of you, but before we judge miha, look at our squad!! Miha is average coach. But our squad worst! thankfully, that we still able get europa league. Think again. Df: abate antonelli romagnoli only this three deserve to play. Mf: bona honda monty kuco who deserve to play Fw:only bacca. “Deserve to play” doesn’t mean good enough. Those are player still inconsistent. So what happens if they are playing bad??!!! Look at the others! What we expect from player like balo berto menez mexez poli boateng niang alex zapata etc. Even Leicester have better squad than us.… Read more »

kaka's fan
5 years ago

Lol angry birds. Milan are not financially stable so y not use our academy players (with our best experienced players)like manu or barca when they were on a transfer ban? And invest in youngsters like munir, Pereira, keita and marquinos/mammana. Youngsters don’t want €100,000 they just want to play so we’d save millions within like 3 years on wages and selling some players like bona in 3 years would get us some good money to start buying again.

kaka's fan
5 years ago

Mina should play manager career on FIFA and c what is wrong with this squad, c who needs a loan or who should be sold. And show galliani what is going wrong. Putting in mauri and locatelli and Calabria every game as a sub could help them develop 2 even if he doesn’t trust em enough to start em. Giving livieri coppa minutes next season can help him 2 and I heard mastour will be back this summer, so all we need is his trickery as a winger or second striker to help us and he is also young and… Read more »

i_rossoneri
i_rossoneri
5 years ago

You know what, i’m kinda bored with this mess up situation, triangle love drama between berlusconi, barbara and galliani, they should play some telenovela …. If this situation doesn’t change radically, i’m afraid we will not see Milan compete in Champions League for so long….