Abbiati: “There were unprofessional players last season, they didn’t train well and Milan did well to sell them”

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Abbiati during Roma-Milan on at Stadio Olimpico on the 25th of April 2014 (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Abbiati during Roma-Milan on at Stadio Olimpico on the 25th of April 2014 (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Christian Abbiati said some players in the red and black squad didn’t have the good of Milan at heart last season.

Abbiati chose to retire at the end of the last season, explaining that he made this decision ‘because this Milan is too different from the past’, referring to the attitude rather than the results.

In an interview with 7Gold (which will be aired in full tonight), Abbiati again spoke about the bad experience that was last season, revealing there were ‘bad apples’.

“It’s not the name on the back of the shirt but the symbol on the chest that counts,” he said. “If last year some players didn’t understand this concept? More than not understanding, they were just unprofessional, so the club did very well to sell certain characters that didn’t want the good of Milan.

“As for me, even though I wasn’t playing, I was always available in training giving 100% when I was called into question. Instead, last year they were those who didn’t play and didn’t train well or argued and that’s not good for the group. I saw very little of such things in all my years at Milan.”

This joins Costacurta’s comment from the start of the month, who said that characters like Philippe Mexes and Jeremy Menez (both left this summer) “didn’t have the spirit I see in the current squad.”

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Mojdanis
Mojdanis
4 years ago

This guy is pure example of 100% Milanista

ANGRY ITALIAN
ANGRY ITALIAN
4 years ago
Reply to  Mojdanis

NOO! NO TRUE! INCORRECT! I GIVE U THUMB DOWN!
ONLY ONE ILVERO MILANISTA AND HIS NAME IS DANIELE!
BONERA OUR BEST CAPTAIN OF ALL TIME!
BONERA TRUEST ROSSONERO!
BONERA BLEED FOR THE SHIRT, A TRUE HERO TO MILAN!

BRING BONERA BACK! BRING BONERA BACK NOW! WE NEED HIM MORE THAN EVER TO LEAD OUR TEAM!
FORZA BONERA!
MAKE BONERA HONORARY CLUB PRESIDENT
RENAME CLUB TO A.C. BONERA
BUILD STATUE OF BONERA IN MILANELLO
FORZA BONERA

The-Jack-Mania
The-Jack-Mania
4 years ago
Reply to  ANGRY ITALIAN

Drink your medicine man, just take a rest, everything will be ok

YK
YK
4 years ago

Good thing we got rid of them… I still have a feeling someone else is missing..

flooresens
flooresens
4 years ago
Reply to  YK

you mean that no. 45 right?

Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
4 years ago

Totally agree with what Abbiati said, and Menez was a clear example of that.

Sheva
Sheva
4 years ago
Reply to  Dwayne Kanas

I dont understand you. Do you think ronaldo or messi are angles? Do you think rolandinho was a angel through all the years? Beside being a football player they are also HUMAN. A human who just like you and i wants to live life. They are not robots. We threw out pato, cassano, ibra, menez, balotelli for having a bad attitude?? And we keep bonera, poli, zapata, bertolacci and honda for what? Being nice? Being “normal”, for not having a bad attitude? Yeah lets bonera good attitude save us from goals, lets honda nice gesture create killer passes to our… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
4 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

Lol, Ibra? You’re swedish and should know better than having him in that bracket. Ibra has a strong mentality – a winning mentality – and has an attitude yes, but he is a 100 % through and through professional. The same goes for Ronaldo, both of them work hard to continuosly improve. Theres no wonder Ibra is still so highly rated at 35. You’re right, they are human, but there is a difference between acting professionaly and unprofessionaly, so you’ve clearly missed the point in what Abbiati said in his interview: “last year they were those who didn’t play and… Read more »

Sheva
Sheva
4 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Trust me. No ONE loves ibra more than I. For me ibra is the best striker, better han ronaldo or messi. Sure messi scores more, sure ronaldo break records and all. But in terms of football entertainment, no one is like ibra. Messi’s goals are all the same, just from different angles. I never seen messi score from 40 meters, I never seen messi with a overkick, me for, messi looks like a confused little boy running around like a mouse and scores PLENTLY of goals. Nothing else. I remember when psg was after ibra in the begning, many fans… Read more »

ZeR0W1
ZeR0W1
4 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

I don’t remember anyone liking Destro more than Pato. Niang is better than balo because he is better, quite simply. Niang scores here, Balo, at least last year wasn’t scoring that much. Also, wasn’t creating as much as Niang. Same with Menez and Adriano. When was the last time you’ve seen Menez score consistently? At least Adriano doesn’t behave like he is the sole superstar savior of Milan, and occasionally scores headers, a good player for the bench. And the thing about Ibra was ego, not attitude. Me, I never met a fan who wanted him out(including myself). And to… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

Balo is a clown but what menez did last season refusing to play was extremely unprofessional. Im not even sure if he actually suffered from back injuries. I hope his on field accident earlier this season could act as wake up call even though i think its too little too late for him.

Ronaldinho and cassano couldve been so much more. Too bad their attitude let them down. If cassano, pato and balo could act like pro players they would be on cr7/bonadinho’s level

Milanista121
Milanista121
4 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

It’s one thing having talent, and a bad attitude – Menez, Cassano, Balo (even though Balo has been maturing a lot lately, about time). And its another thing, having talent, and a winning mentality, and being a professional – Ibra and Ronaldo.
Sure they get pissed if they dont play, if they get subbed, but that doesnt affect their work effort, they still do what they have to do in training. It’s quite obvious if you look at how their careers are looking.
btw, your Bonadinho comments are almost as classy as bonadinho himself.

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Bonadinho is so classy that i watch his milan matches while playing that godfather theme song as background music

Ewaen
Ewaen
4 years ago
Reply to  Dwayne Kanas

Maybe Balotelli

Ink
Ink
4 years ago

Would be so great to have guys like Abbiati, Maldini, Ambrosini, Gattuso, Nesta, Kaka, Costacurta etc etc etc in Milan management. People say that it is corporate world, so it does not matter if Fassone, Mirabelli worked for shinter or not as long as they do good job. Heart doesn’t count, success does. Ancoletti said he will never coach Inter. I will be very very surprised if any of the above guys ever get involved with Inter. Passion matters. Even in corporate world. It is quite sad to see so many people on this blog commenting that it doesn’t and… Read more »

A92
A92
4 years ago

Donnaruma/Gabriel
Calabria/Abate – Rodrigo Ciao/Paletta – Romagnoli/Gomez – De Sciglio/Antonelli
Mauri/Kucka – Locatelli/Montolivo – Verratti/Bonaventura
Suso/Berardi(Bernardeschi) – Belotti/Lapadula – Niang/Saponara

The dream.

Sell: Bacca, Adriano, Honda, Diego Lopez, Zapata, Poli.

blanx_milanfan
blanx_milanfan
4 years ago

Anyone saying Niang is better than balo does not understand football. 1st they play different possitions, sure Niang can play as a ST. But balo is a better player all round. Better finishing, better ball control and better passing. Niang only has speed and uses that to get the better of opponents. His finishing is awful and has little or no ball control skills.