Montella allegedly tells the squad in training: “You have no balls, only those who deserve it will play”

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Vincenzo Montella talking to his squad during Milan-Udinese on the 11th of September 2016 at Stadio San Siro (@acmilan.com)
Vincenzo Montella talking to his squad during Milan-Udinese on the 11th of September 2016 at Stadio San Siro (@acmilan.com)

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).

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#1Milan Fan South Africa
#1Milan Fan South Africa
5 years ago

I WILL SAY THIS AGAIN MILAN SHOULD SIGN DYBALA AND BUILD THE TEAM AROUND HIM DONNARUMMA CALABRIA NIANG AND ROMAGNOLI.

Nino
Nino
5 years ago

Also, he has influence in the Brazilian league. He could be like Zidane at Real Madrid. The difference is when Madrid brought in Zizou to replace Benitez, they had champions in the first team and on the bench. Unlike Milan when Seedorf replaced Allegri. If Milan wants to bring him back, I don’t think it’s a bad idea.

Hachim
Hachim
5 years ago

If this article is true and Montella actually follows through with his threat, then respect to the guy.
I was going to start a chant about Seedorf, however I will wait and see how the next game or two play out. Afterall Montella did deserve a lot of criticism in the last game, but if he learns from his mistakes, then time should be given to the guy to prove himself.

Milan4ever
Milan4ever
5 years ago

Well said

Gman
Gman
5 years ago

You forgot to mention that he is also very ripped!. Should give the players motivation in the gym. This team needs more juice.

Milan4ever
Milan4ever
5 years ago

Average modern footballers. Low personality, low mentality and passion, only care about wages. I hope Gattuso cme to visit and gve them a good slap

Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
5 years ago
Reply to  Milan4ever

if only Gattuso was one of the assistant coach! lol

Gman
Gman
5 years ago
Reply to  Milan4ever

Many tattoos.

Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
5 years ago

If Montella wishes to win games, he should use players that fight hard for the shirt! If Lapadula fights hard, start him ahead of Bacca, if Locatelli fights hard, start him ahead of Montolivo, if Calabria fights hard, start him ahead of Abate, you gotta show that the starting XI is only for players who deserve it, not because they earn more than the other players on the bench!

sikil_cantengan
sikil_cantengan
5 years ago

This is a coward milan, they were fear when opposite pressing, then after passing the ball, they just walk and say “ok its not my foul if the ball stolen. I dont care i still get my salary”

milanista24
milanista24
5 years ago

Can anyone explain what the meaning of this phrase ” the ‘names’ do not play anymore “

MilanFan
MilanFan
5 years ago
Reply to  milanista24

For example, Montolivo is a ‘name’ (in the current Milan world anyways)… he’s the captain, he’s a known player, plays in the national team. But if he continues to suck (which I trust him to do), he’ll be dropped to the bench.

Let’s see if Montella actually follows through with this (if he actually said it).

Milanista121
Milanista121
5 years ago
Reply to  milanista24

That it doesnt matterif you’re the “star” of the team. For example, Montolivo, he is our captain, but if he doesnt play as good as he’s supposed to, then he will start from the bench.

AP
AP
5 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Both of the explanations are correct, but one thought occurred to me… both explanations used Montolivio as the ‘star’ example. This is correct, but it made me think, it shows how far our team has fallen when an underperforming mediocre midfielder who doesn’t make the Italian national team is considered our ‘star’. We wont win anything this year or next year. Neither will we qualify for Europe. We may as well play the younger players, at least they have a chance of getting better and forming a strong team. Buying and playing mediocre players in their late 20s or early… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
5 years ago
Reply to  AP

Star doesnt necessarily mean the best player, as Gabi is the captain of Atleti but far from their best player, however, he is the face out and the one that represents the team, and if our captain, performs the way he has done recently, well that speaks volumes.

Gman
Gman
5 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Gabi plays definitely among the best in Atletico, i would say only Griezmann, Godin, Oblak and Koke are more important or plays better. Gabi is probably the most underrated player out there. He has never played for the national team either, which is pretty insane.

Milanista121
Milanista121
5 years ago
Reply to  AP

@gman, thats what i said, i said he isnt the best in the team. And yes he is underrated.

Milanista121
Milanista121
5 years ago

I have a feeling that its Abate who said “the Mister is right”.
He is spot on, and finally, someone said it, I hope he puts word into action. This should definitely motivate players to work even harder, especially youngsters and other bench players. Let’s hope it turns out for the best.

Mojdanis
Mojdanis
5 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

First guy that I imagined saying that is Abate,second Kucka

Milanista121
Milanista121
5 years ago
Reply to  Mojdanis

Haha the “twins”, yeah it could’ve been him.
Let’s just hope that his talk actually bears fruit, so far, as being reported, Inzaghi, Mihajlovic and even Brocchi in his short amount of time has had these types of rants towards the team. Fourth times the charm…? Fingers crossed.

gazonga
gazonga
5 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

if they still play dispirited after this, i would wish them player to be banished forever from football. because not only a disgrace to the club they are playing for, they are a bad example for youngster who want to turn into professional player and athlete around the world. there already 5 coach say IT! seriously, there is WHY they turn professional if they play with no balls.

Hendro
Hendro
5 years ago

I hope our youngsters suddenly become “donnarumma”

Kourosh
Kourosh
5 years ago

I thought Poli played well against Udinese. I know he’s not Milan material but give credit where it’s due.

Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
5 years ago
Reply to  Kourosh

i think so too, he had a pretty good game! i laughed coz of his dive in the 13’min…we need players like that, who will do anything to gain the advantage! lol

SuMa
SuMa
5 years ago

Lets see Whether Montella has the balls to drop Monty or not.

henriano
henriano
5 years ago

If montella can bench montolivo surely we’ll see a different milan,he’s too slow and lacks personality to inspire others,he’s always the first to give up,while others alike follows. They only care about their wages and not the result on the pitch and I also think bacca should be rested in the next match with andriano starting or lapadula.

Sheva
Sheva
5 years ago

Keep saying to bonaventura that he has no balls, maybe that will force and trick him into an iniesta, after all he MUST perform he is italian!!

Conor
Conor
5 years ago

Finally, good to see this from Montella, it’s exactly what the team needs. We were so flat, and slow against Udinese, we weren’t able to dictate the flow of the game. It is down to certain players, but I also think that it’s down to the formation Montella is striving to impose on the team. I’d like to see us try variations of the 442. Suso can play on the right, either as right midfield or as the right prong of the trident. As left midfield he can be involved in more buildup play on the right Bona shouldn’t be… Read more »

Ander
Ander
5 years ago

Its ok… everything goes as it has been past 3 years… we loose a game, then the coach and players give their respects to the opponent, say they need to improve and they have learned from the defeat, coach will say some tough words to players and then we take on another team and the same story…. deja vu deja vu, deja vu… hame after game, season after season…

beto007
beto007
5 years ago

Bench players like: palleta,de siglio,Montolivo,poli,bonaventura. Let the new signings get a chance to show themselves. Start Locatelli b4 Real or the brits lure him away, start Vangioni, Gomez,Pasalic,Lapadula…

clouds
clouds
5 years ago

from 7 goals concede, 5 of them were scored on abate side??
seems like montella have noticed this fact

RKaY
RKaY
5 years ago
Reply to  clouds

It was reported montella really likes Calabria and he could start next match

gazonga
gazonga
5 years ago
Reply to  RKaY

calabria work really hard. who doesn’t like him?

Inspiro@Gh
5 years ago

@Cloud!!!Well said!The Napoli match,He just stand there and watch the players crossen the ball at his sides.The Question is

does MONTELLA have balls?

nick
nick
5 years ago

Well, I would tell Montella to get his formation, tactics and team lineup right!

He is just as guilty in my opinion. I don’t see any changes since Inzaghi left. 4-3-3 is not working if Niang doesn’t play.

Say what you want about Niang but when he doesn’t play Milan look clueless. I don’t think that’s coincidence.

Montolivo, Abate and De Sciglio needs to be dropped or sold in January.

Puang_Machink
Puang_Machink
5 years ago

And suddenly, when playing against il samp, monto was seen on d field.
Id rather go to sleep
And forget what d manager ever said bfore….

Milan4ever
Milan4ever
5 years ago
Reply to  Puang_Machink

Its 70% we will seeing him, bcause kucka cant play yet.
I will salute montella if he bench monty. I rather to see Suso as regista and Poli in the first line up rather than monty anyday.
Im never gonna admit monty as Capt! Never ever!

ted
ted
5 years ago

-We had Mauri, the kid has balls and grit and always worked hard when on the pitch but gave him to Empoli. -Then there’s Calabria who plays really mature for his age. -Locatelli is not good defensively but reads the game really well from the deep and his long passes are a joy I missed since Pirlo left. I would play Kucka to cover Locatelli defensively. -Show our “stars” Abate, Montolivo and Jack the bench to sober them up a bit It’s time to give some space to our hungry youngsters. And go for 442 Donna Calabria Paletta Roma De… Read more »

Raven
Raven
5 years ago
Reply to  ted

Finally some senses

Eighteen99
Eighteen99
5 years ago

I can sense Monty is already dialing the Chinese.

davi can
davi can
5 years ago

RESPECT FOOTBALL ITALIA:one of the best written truth about my blood red and black Whoever attended the Serie A fixture between once giants AC Milan and Udinese Calcio at the San Siro on Sunday afternoon will have taken note of a few things. On the one hand, the ever splendid stadium and the sunny weather didn’t go unnoticed. On the other hand, an average team and an empty stadium capped off by a lack of support. Because the passion, the real one, which used to characterise Milan and set it apart from other clubs in Italy in their heyday, has… Read more »

davi can
davi can
5 years ago

what a sad truth
10 years ago i would drive 1 hrs true the berlin metro just to see my beloved milan play true
today i have more fun playin this fm 2016 with my milan

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
5 years ago

Lets hope what he is saying is not just hot air and he actually sticks to it. #No more Monty #No more Poli

Abe
Abe
5 years ago

Montolivo def has no balls. Abate as captain now

xtfui
xtfui
5 years ago

One thing i don’t understand, all of coaches who worked with this squad, told the same things and i’m almost sure who they mean, but they still keep playing them, why?

Tunjeneme
Tunjeneme
5 years ago

The coach too can see what the problem is all about, why can’t he use the players that really want to make name than all the fools he normally put in the game, to hell with Montelivo, when de Jong was in Milan, he covered a lot about montolivo, poli can still attack but not early match, he should always introduce poli towards the end of the match, Sosa impressed during the last game, bonaventura should play by wing and niang and Suso should drop behind Bacca, he also bench Honda, why all this, this guy is also a fighter… Read more »