Report: Montolivo still expected to start against Sampdoria but is no longer considered ‘untouchable’

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Riccardo Montolivo before MIlan-Udinese on the 11th of September 2016 at Stadio San Siro (@acmilan.com)
Riccardo Montolivo before MIlan-Udinese on the 11th of September 2016 at Stadio San Siro (@acmilan.com)

Riccardo Montolivo will not be dropped to the bench already on Friday but Jose Sosa could take his place in the future, according to the media in Italy today.

Montella allegedly told the squad in training after a second Serie A defeat in a row that ‘names will no longer play’ and it was already reported that Ignazio Abate could pay the price for his performances and be replaced by Davide Calabria when Milan face Sampdoria on Friday night.

While many Milan fans were hoping to also see Montolivo on the bench, today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that as of today, Riccardo is still expected to start at the Luigi Ferraris but his status as a regular starter could soon change (perhaps after Juraj Kucka returns from suspension – he will miss the Sampdoria match as well).

The daily sports pink newspaper highlights the fact that against Udinese Montolivo was the Milan player with the most recovered balls (8) and interceptions (3) but also suggests that the 31-year-old – who just signed a three-year renewal a few months ago – is no longer considered ‘untouchable’.

Jose Sosa will most likely play on Montolivo’s right against Samp with Giacomo Bonaventura on the left of the Milan captain. Coach Montella, it’s said, will closely examine the performance of the Italian international, who is one of the most vilified players on the Rossoneri squad. Sosa – impressive against Udinese – is considered the most viable alternative to Montolivo in the role of the regista.

After the match with Samp on Friday, the Diavolo have a midweek fixture as they welcome Lazio at the San Siro Stadium on Tuesday. Whether Montolivo will start then or not remains to be seen.

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Elmiky
Elmiky
5 years ago

Lets offload Monty, i think Abate will get on track soon.

dope
dope
5 years ago
Reply to  Elmiky

abate is terrible cost us 4 goals already

Boki83
Boki83
5 years ago

For all those asking for Seedorf to come back, it wont happen. I cant see him coming back after the way he was treated. I believe in Montella and that he can turn things around. If he takes Montolivo out of the starting 11 (coz i cant see him performing) he will be my hero. Still believe our biggest problem is midfield but i hope they dont spend money in Jan on something stupid. As much as everyone is frustrated (and trust me I am too) i dont want us to become like the EPL teams and buy just anyone… Read more »

Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
5 years ago
Reply to  Boki83

i agree with every thing you just said here, hope it happens!

ACMilanLover
ACMilanLover
5 years ago
Reply to  Boki83

Agree on your valid points … Lets Get Leo …

nick
nick
5 years ago
Reply to  Boki83

I totally agree. It’s possible Seedorf could return. The issue was Galliani most of all and Berlusconi along with players like Montolivo, De Sciglio and Abate.

Seedorf is also coaching in the Chinese league. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he returned especially if Montella have a poor season.

I would prefer if Milan don’t sign anymore players until next summer. That way the new management can build the team.

Boki83
Boki83
5 years ago
Reply to  nick

It’s not Montella’s fault he inherited a very poor team. We have had 6 people at the helm in last 3-4 years, to me it says problem is not the coach (lets face it we have an average team, not good enough for top 4-5) Its not his fault we have no replacement for Monto who is utter rubbish. Another bigger problem is that Berlusconi has an advisory role and still a lot of influence at the club. I doubt very much Seedorf will make a near return to us. As for the Chinese bringing legends back, i hope so.… Read more »

Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
5 years ago

It’s about time the coach realizes which players who fight hard to deserve playing for this team! This should be a warning to those other players who slack off that, not even the captain is untouchable and will hopefully force them to play better, because i know for a fact that, on a good day, Montolivo can be a game changer with his long passes, have you all forgotten his assist to Balotelli against Germany in 2012 Euros? but all in all, i hope that with this statement it will force a different and positive mentality to the players! because… Read more »

kawiki
kawiki
5 years ago
Reply to  Dwayne Kanas

Montolivo’s assist to Balotelli against Germany in 2012 Euros is one-in- a-lifetime pass. And he already used it in this lifetime. So let’s move on shall we?

I-Milan
I-Milan
5 years ago
Reply to  Dwayne Kanas

@Dwayne Kanas: Did you say 2012!? Wake up man! This is 2016, approaching 2017! The fact that you have to go back almost 5 years to find something useful that Monto did is enough statement. Enough said. #Montoonthebench #Montodropsarmband #MontoleavesMilan

al83
al83
5 years ago

Hereby an interesting article. Whatever he writes is very true and especially very sad. It really describes the situation right now.

http://www.transfermarketweb.com/?action=read&idsel=178983

Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
5 years ago
Reply to  al83

yeah! it sucks nowadays to see Milan like this!

chris
chris
5 years ago

What the team needs is fighting spirit. Bench anyone who isn’t giving his best. Play calabria on the right. Play Sosa pasalic and bonaventura or poli in the middle, play niang, suso and bacca or lapadula in the attack. Bring in Honda in the middle later in the game, lucateli too. Play all our youth players if need be. As long as we are playing people who are willing to run, tackle, pull and bite if need be, for every single second of the game.

Hachim
Hachim
5 years ago

Seedorf would return to Milan, as it is not the same Milan that disgraced him. But it all depends on how hard the Chineses are willing to go to get him. Afterall he would want a lot more insurances than would he agreed to when first joining them. Secondly, as much as I want to see Montella do great, I just can’t see it happening. Throughout pre-season and so far in the first 3 games we have played, he has stuck to the same rigid formation of 4-3-3 despite not having the players to play it [like our last game].… Read more »

Suso892
Suso892
5 years ago

Would be great to have a midfielder that can take the ball and turn around fast and counter like Kaka instead of Monto who have slow down the game.. but I have seen it in Pasalic, yes on YouTube

C
C
5 years ago

The fact that he even was considered to be untouchable in the first place says everything especially after all the fans has done to get him out of Milan

Gman
Gman
5 years ago

How the hell did he become untouchable in the first place

Eighteen99
Eighteen99
5 years ago
Reply to  Gman

he was a ‘snake’…that’s how

Abdulwasiu
Abdulwasiu
5 years ago

Morella better do the right thing or get fired, no time

biggs4mum
biggs4mum
5 years ago

good to be back. home sweet home. forza milan. montolivo is still much needed in the team. with the formation,we cant play superb game. in a 433,honda should be in midfield for now until a better creative player is bought. bona is not such a player.players like silva,debrunye,inista,seedof,strootman,ozil etc.

biggs4mum
biggs4mum
5 years ago

kaka and monti positions are different. for now 433 with domma-abate\calabria,gomez,romag,antonelli\des,monti\sosa,kucka/poli/bona,honda/suso,niang/bona,bacca,adriano.

nick
nick
5 years ago

Montella is using the players wrong in a 433. Bacca is better suited for a Christmas tree formation as lone striker. Sadly, Mihajlovic and Montella can’t see this which tells me that they don’t know the players strengths and weaknesses. Just look at Bacca when he was playing for Sevilla and it is easy to see we are using him in a role that doesn’t play to his strengths. I would seriously drop Bacca and play Niang instead with Suso and Bonaventura on the flanks in a 433. Lapadula can sub in for Niang. Didn’t we see how good Niang… Read more »

C
C
5 years ago

Has anybody read the rumours that Milan has an agreement with Chelsea with a loan of Fabregas in january with an buy out clause and Fabregas has given his OK for the signing… I really think Milan should sell Bacca his thoughts seems to be somewhere else saying that PSG was close to signing him but they didnt have a non EU spot left just sell the guy and replace him with Belotti he fits our tactics better anyways

nick
nick
5 years ago
Reply to  C

I would definitely sell Bacca for Belotti due Bacca’s age and Salary. Belotti I think will be a good buy even though I prefer Pelle or Zaza because of their physical strength and ability to help out in defence.

Milanista121
Milanista121
5 years ago
Reply to  C

I hope its true, signing fabregas would be a big signal towards the rest of the world, however, not sure how he is in big games. He is a huge step in the right direction compared to what we currently have.

Idmilanista
Idmilanista
5 years ago

Aside from Abate & Monty’s poor performance, I picked up three positives from the match.
1. No red card.
2. Conceded less than 2 goals.
3. Sosa’s impressive performance.

Apache
Apache
5 years ago

I don’t know why you guys hates montolivo so much, what has he done and why blaming him for Udinese defeat? It was the coach fault guys the changing was wrong and what did Bona play in that match? Bona was a shadow of himself compare to last season. The coach took away 2 midfielders and put 2 attackers yet they couldn’t score a single goal. Pls stop ur hatred against Montolivo. If u expect Milan to be winning always spend quality money not free agent

C
C
5 years ago
Reply to  Apache

We hated Montolivo long before the Udinese match the guy is a disgrace atleist on the field and he is a lousy captain… This is the first time i have ever seen anyone defend him or any Milan fan defend him are you really a Milanista?

Inspiro@Gh
5 years ago

EVERYTIME SACK THE COACH,SO DO WE STILL WANT TO START EVERY SEASON WITH A NEW COACH.WE SHOULD NO BETTER!!

comandini
comandini
5 years ago

Leave Monty….please leave….you’re not belong in Milan….go away….please….go awaaayyy…..FORZA MILAN!!!

Giving Up
Giving Up
5 years ago

I think its reasonable to expect relegation this season. Come on.. Udinese just kicked our asses at HOME!! If this is the kind of results we are to expect, relegation will be a reality. Then even the Chinese millions will be useless. No one with ambition will play for a Serie B team. Any money poured in will just attract money minded mercenaries and not the kind of players with the champion mindset. If this actually happens, I’ll bet Montilivo will be first one to turn his back on us. So its the coach who really needs to grow a… Read more »

Eighteen99
Eighteen99
5 years ago

Who knows if this is true, Milan take Fabregas on loan, may resign Thiago Silva? It seems the Chinese are already working on getting experienced players back: http://fulltimescores.net/2016/09/14/milan-take-fabregas-loan-may-re-sign-tiago-silva/

Fahd
Fahd
5 years ago

Can’t wait to sell Montolivo once I get my copy of FIFA 17 end of the month.