Vincenzo Montella saw positives in Milan’s Trofeo TIM performances and also spoke about individual players.
Milan beat Celta Vigo in the first match of the Trofeo TIM on penalties but then lost to Sassuolo 3-2 in the 2nd game despite leading by two goals after 10 minutes.
The Rossoneri of Vincenzo Montella did fairly well against Celta and in the first 20 minutes of the Sassuolo match but in the last 25 minutes of the tournament they played very poor football and made countless mistakes with Jherson Vergara basically gifting the Neroverdi their third goal.
“The results always affect the judgment,” Montella said to the press at the Mapei Stadium after the game. “Our first game against Celta Vigo was of a very high level. We conceded very little and created several opportunities. Against the Spaniards things were difficult, because they didn’t allow very much and we played with an unusual system, which will prove useful over the championship.
“Versus Sassuolo we did extremely well in the first 20 minutes, though perhaps we were a bit too vain. Then we got tired and the quality was lowered a bit with the substitutions. Carlos Bacca? He is a great player, and I like his character too, you can feel his presence on the pitch.
“Luiz Adriano? He has grown a lot and he shows it too. Giacomo Bonaventura? is a player that can be employed in a variety of roles. We need to lay out a path for him. And he wasn’t even in top condition yesterday. M’Baye Niang (who scored twice vs. Sassuolo and was selected Player of the Tournament)? I believe in him. He still has to learn many things, he needs to know when to go for an individual play and when to play with the team. His path is still at the beginning; he can improve a lot.
“The transfer market (no new signing took part in pre-season)? I can only talk about the players I have. You can’t ask me to handle the market, the club already knows everything. We need a mix of players who have good character and others for the future. The club evaluates these things.”
The last match of pre-season is on Sunday as the Diavolo play Freiburg. And after that the real thing begins as Serie A kicks off for Milan on August 21st with a match against Mihajlovic and Torino.