Vincenzo Montella was angry with the team after the Udinese match and according to reports told them that he wants to see soul on the pitch and that ‘names do not play anymore’.
Like Filippo Inzaghi and Sinisa Mihajlovic before him, current coach Montella had some strong words for his players after another defeat and a bad performance, which now sees Milan in 15th place after 3 matches with as many points.
The Diavolo lost 1-0 to Udinese on Sunday afternoon and it was the first time since 1998 that Milan failed to score against the Zebrette at home. More than the result, it was the performance in the second half that was simply not good enough as the squad of Montella lacked ideas and allowed Udinese to dictate the pace.
According to Sky Italia, La Gazzetta dello Sport and il Corriere della Sera among others, yesterday in training Montella spoke to the squad, demanding them to give more. CorSer writes in this morning’s edition that with ‘hands in his pocket and a low but form tone’ the 42-year-old Naples-born Montella said: “Now is the time when each of you takes his responsibility. I want to see more soul on the pitch.
“Whether you win or lose it seems that you’re disinterested. So from now on, the ‘names’ do not play anymore – those who deserve it will be on the field. But those will have to show it in training during the week.” Montella also said: “You have no balls!”, to which someone replied: “The mister is right.”
Montella will hope that his words shook the squad and that it will be a different Milan come Friday when they play Sampdoria, Vincenzo’s former side, at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium (20:45 CET kickoff).