Montella: “Sampdoria were superior and deserved the win, it’s a failure for everyone, Milan were insufficient”

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Vincenzo Montella during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Vincenzo Montella during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

Vincenzo Montella has said that ‘we have to understand why we took the field this way’ after yet another embarrassing defeat away from home.

If the 4-1 defeat to Lazio was a ‘slap in the face’ then Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Sampdoria was a punch in the gut: Milan were simply outclassed in every single aspect from the first to the last minute, finishing the lunch-time game with no shots on target.

Before the match, Montella said that this match is like the one against Lazio in terms of difficulty, but his Milan were even worse this time, losing possession again and again, and creating nothing, mostly trying to send the ball up front to Nikola Kalinić, who didn’t do much.

In the 72′ minute, Milan paid for their mistakes as Cristian Zapata somehow decided the right thing to do was to head the ball to his cousin, Duván, who scored from close range. In the 90′ minute, ex-Inter man Ricky Álvarez entered the pitch and 30 seconds later he took advantage of another Rossoneri mistake, making it 2-0. The Diavolo had no answers and looked lost all throughout the match.

“We were insufficient in competitiveness and it’s a defeat which also hurts for how it was happened. In the second half, we grew a bit but we were never really in the game on the technical level,” Montella told Sky Italia after the final whistle of Paolo Valeri at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday.

Cristian Zapata, Franck Kessié, Lucas Biglia, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma after Duván Zapata's goal during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Cristian Zapata, Franck Kessié, Lucas Biglia, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma after Duván Zapata’s goal during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“What happened? I don’t know how to explain. We must grow, playing every three years. We are the youngest team in Serie A and it takes patience. We paid a bit for all of that, but we are all guilty. We need to improve our attitude and have our determination be at least equal to the opponents.

“Today Sampdoria were superior both technically and in determination. We are not happy about this defeat, but I’m confident and have a lot of energy to transmit. Today’s performance was insufficient. It’s important to understand the possible causes. We have a young team.

Vincenzo Montella and Franck Kessié during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Vincenzo Montella and Franck Kessié during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“You need to have balance in judgments and be very rational, without putting our head in the stand, but to understand from where certain things came. The opponents? If we have to lose than it’s better against Sampdoria than someone else since it’s a city and these are fans that I have in my heart.

“But our growth must be accelerated and it doesn’t depend on the opponents. Roma [who Milan face next Sunday at Stadio San Siro – 18:00 CET kickoff]? We hope to have an opposite performance.”

Patrick Cutrone and Ricky Álvarez during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)
Patrick Cutrone and Ricky Álvarez during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

Speaking to Premium Sport, Montella said: “We didn’t like the performance. We were insufficient both in determination and quality. In the first half, we were still in the game even if Sampdoria had several chances. They did better than us. We didn’t have mental clarity and we have to figure out why.

“It’s a failure for everyone. Nobody put in a good performance today. We are still a work in progress, we’ve got a lot of talent in the side, so more work is needed going forward. This is not a project that can be written off already. What disappointed me? The performance, which must be analyzed.

Vincenzo Montella during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

“We were below standards in all aspects. We were psychologically running on empty and I was wrong not to understand it. Perhaps for some the third game in seven days was a problem, but we need to analyze the situation. We have to understand why we took the field this way.

“Zapata over Musacchio? I chose Cristian because he was physically more suited to defending against Duvan Zapata [his cousin, to whom he gave an ‘assist’ in the first Sampdoria goal].”

Cristian Zapata and Duván Zapata during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Cristian Zapata and Duván Zapata during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

The 43-year-old also had to talk in a press conference: “Two defeats in three away games are many. There was a blackout at the start due to a lack of mental energies for a game of this level. Sampdoria were superior and deserved the win. I would’ve liked to win it and it’s a defeat that hurts. A possible reading [of the situation] is that we are the youngest team in the league so we have highs and lows…

“The system penalizes Suso’s characteristics [the Spaniard has not looked comfortable as a trequartista in a 3-5-1-1]? I would say no… His substitution? I changed my strategy by playing two strikers up front. It was a tactical choice more than a technical one. Kessié? When one is young there are highs and lows. When you play every three days there could be a loss of mental energy.

Vincenzo Montella during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 24, 2017. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

“The defensive play [Milan have conceded 8 goals in the first 6 games]? If we exclude today’s game then we are the team that faced the least shots on goal in Serie A. The goals today were both born from two of our own mistakes. It’s a strong point and must remain so. Bonucci? If you lose then you’re always wrong. If you play four at the back and lose then you’re wrong and vice-versa.”

Milan will try to put this awful performance behind them when they face Croatian champions HNK Rijeka at Stadio San Siro (at 21:05 CET) in the second matchday of the Europa League group stage.

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Bang
Bang
3 years ago

Montell, if you trying to pick Andre Silva in Europa League and he is making goals, please pick him to play against Rome. Suso is still not comfortable as SS. Kalinic is not deadly and fast. Andre Silva is too talented to just play on UEL or against small team. Team need to learn especially for the defender who are very risky and still confuse about his roles (except Bonucci).

mainz
3 years ago

Lol, when i said milan struggles to score and is not organised some where quick to tell me we have eleven new players, well what do want to say now? Seedorf right now would not be a bad idea!!!

Ali
Ali
3 years ago

I am already hearing you boast about a “Brilliant” performance against the mighty Rijeka! Oh and #montellaout

efosa
efosa
3 years ago

can somebody shut montella up with a sack letter,always looking for excuses for his failure claiming they r the youngest team,by what standard cos all those that played today wud have done better in other clubs ,I ve always said we have a coaching problem and montella can only win against a very small club in seria a,we play football like bunch of primary school boys running after leather bag being flown around by wind.we need a coach with the right mentality and I pray we don’t get relegated,cos with this form of boys clubs like juve,Roma,Napoli,inter,Torino and many more… Read more »

Kwabena Adu
Kwabena Adu
3 years ago

Excuse after excuse…

Gallo
Gallo
3 years ago

Montella there is what they call plan B it means if your plan A is touchable you quickly switch to B .the first half could have be the tactical change .no one was watching duvan and the midfield was in a mess ,abate never made a single cross ,suso was struggling because he got no space ,kessie and biglia where losing possession that gave sampdoria d power to over run us , in my own opinion montella has done a great job but he should either resign or the board should sack him he dont really knowthe player’s at his… Read more »

imadala
imadala
3 years ago

you called it deserved win yet you cant manage even one shot on target.. are you blind or what

bidonesia
bidonesia
3 years ago

it’s clearly wasn’t a clearance, it’s panic pass (unfortunate bro’s assist)… Musa – Leo – Roma as main defence line-up please, don’t change it if they all available…
try Suso as RWB rather than SS, Jack as LWB rather than mezzala…
we need goals, we need 2 strikers who both can score & we need playmaker (Cahlanoglu) to feed them…

fegzy
fegzy
3 years ago

please just resign

fegzy
fegzy
3 years ago

we spent 200 million plus we should not be losing to sampdoria and Lazio my gosh I blame B and G

Phil
Phil
3 years ago

Comment:You Talk too Much.. You can’t coach Milan please give has a break.. the best thing we can do is sack Montella. he has nothing special to offer Milan. …..

azad
azad
3 years ago

Fck off already! Pack and go

dindudre
dindudre
3 years ago

Forget the sentiments bro . As a college soccer coach, all I see in this team is a bad coach that had all summer to teach his team ball control, ball possession, ball fluidity and ball movement but he didn’t. Put the world best midfielders in this team with this coach, as long as the coach’s philosophy is poor, they won’t thrive…bonucci and Zapata has played more forward passes than all our players because instead of pressuring the opponents, our coach believes in working the ball from the back (even though he’s playing with 3 man defense. Smh) . The… Read more »

Vutélov
Vutélov
3 years ago
Reply to  dindudre

I agree with you Dindundre. All summer we had to buy the best players and let them blend into the current crop of players . instead our manager buys clueless borini who 1. Isnt a natural winger 2. Lacks the agression and desire to score. What i don’t understand really is how we could buy players for every other position except our wings ? We only have suso as the only natural winger and now we except creation from Abate ? Im pissed guys esp because we didn’t buy any wingers and our manager is clueless AF. Im a milan… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago

You have to step up Montella, it’s your job to make sure that the players arent insufficient, we were outplayed by a weaker side but a technically and tactically stronger coach. That’s the difference. I fear us playing against the bigger teams. Funny thing though, apparently you can say whatever you want about Zapata, but apparently when you say something negative about Kessie, you’re deemed “racist”. Reacting to “Forza Milano”‘s comment calling me racist because I called Kessie poor and wanted to have Locatelli – a better passer of the ball since we struggled to string two passes together. oh… Read more »

Milanmario1
Milanmario1
3 years ago

And I thought the fucking manager is responsible with team’s tactics and attitude!! Montella out!!!

Milanmario1
Milanmario1
3 years ago

We spent €200m to play with zapata, borini, crutone and kalinic who cost us €30m and we lost bacca!! And we fuck up the position for the best payer last year (Suso)!! We have proper defende in musa sitting on the bench, proper young superstar silva sitting on the bench, proper AM caha sitting on the bench, and so on. The team is dead, no attitude, no tactics. I feel a lot of frustration and confusion. This is not a coach worth of milan. Nobody understands this guy.

Muhammad ayuba
Muhammad ayuba
3 years ago

Youthless coach you don’t know nothing get out.

Ajii
Ajii
3 years ago

Why can’t he just play 4231,

Pa ibra
Pa ibra
3 years ago
Reply to  Ajii

I think and have been saying that the 4231 best suits our more creative players however I’m not someone who believe a certain formation or player to be good this week and then a few weeks later have a completely different opinion .With such low intensity and lack of direction I doubt the best formation in the world would’ve made the team play that much differently and didn’t we see Kalinic hardly received any services? What would Silva have done differently?? If Montella couldn’t do well with a 433 and finding same difficulties with 352/3511 then it should be obvious… Read more »

Abu-Hafeez
Abu-Hafeez
3 years ago

This Montella is very shaky and clueless coach, he can’t understand what to do until 80 minutes. Since the beginning of the match Milan lost the field to an organized team of Sampdoria.## Montellaout###

Ajii
Ajii
3 years ago

He should take a look at inters strategy it wud suit our players, then pls bench zapata already

Bynz
Bynz
3 years ago

Montella needs a wake up call or he needs to go, i had confidence in him but this crap he’s doing this season is just showing he seems to know not what hes doing. There is nothing wrong with the players, no one has to adapt to any league or formation thats what preseason is for, the 433 was hindering the team and stale yes i agree but Milan must play with 2 strikers or 2 creative players behind a lone striker and a strong and fast one at that, Suso cannot take on the creative responsibility on his own… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Bynz

Haha the others are not accustomed to play in a three man backline, Romagnoli has performed very well in that role for the national team – senior side — and Zapata was at his best in the three man back line when he was at Udine…
otherwise i agree, had to be a wise ass and correct you there.

EIghteen99
EIghteen99
3 years ago

Yada yada yada.. enough already.

Dude
Dude
3 years ago

You have a better defender in Mussachio but you still field Zapata and you have an up and coming star in Silva whom you bench.What the hell is wrong with you???

Pa ibra
Pa ibra
3 years ago

All your fault Montella. No direction with the play, late subs ,bad line ups(Zapata??), poor quality football. Damn. Are you Allegri??? I didn’t know youre this bad considering the same Montella I watched at Fiorentina.. Why you changed so much? I’m stunned. Well fix it or yourr gone after the Roma match

azzkikr
azzkikr
3 years ago
Reply to  Pa ibra

waiting milan10 said “zapata anyone?”

Jibola
Jibola
3 years ago

My suggestion is…. Bench Kessie, Suso and Bona in next games. Play Silva and Kalinic together, Calah for Bona and Locatelli for Kessie. Every player must earn their starting spot with positive performance and attitude. Zapata could have been the rough edge of our technically sound ball playing center backs but the dude proved yet again why Milan should have sold him years ago. Montella was completely wrong today from mental and tactical point of view, he gave himself up to a lower team and acted low. He should wake up now before he gets sacked because the owners aren’t… Read more »

Raven
Raven
3 years ago
Reply to  Jibola

So u didnt see how zapata saved Donnarumma’s ass? our back 3 specially zapata had to work their asses off today, im okay with one error and 20 saves, if kalinic had 20 shots off target and one on target that makes him a good striker? With all that pressure someone was about to make a mistake and it was bonucci that didn’t clear the ball, so zapata had to make a rush decision because there was an attacker next to him, I blame more bonucci than zapata, but hey milanistas love their scape goat, you know allegri, montolivo and… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Raven

Exactly, plus that wouldnt have happened if Kessie didnt lose possession in our own half for the umpteemth time during the game… so all three of them were to blame, just that Zapatas mistake proved to be the more vital one so he gets more of the stick… and ofc because he’s a go-to-scapegoat as you said.

mainz
3 years ago

lol I cant stop laughing when I saw the score and some are even surprised, Guys dont be, because if you really watch milan play, will know milan is not organised, the score line that got people excited is just a fluke or scrappy goal nothing more, its time to face reality, change is needed, thus a coach is need ASSP !!!

hbsl
hbsl
3 years ago

Put Montella in Barca, they will relegate. He is not a good coach yet. The best he can achieve is 6 or 7th position. We can’t invest over 200m and keep a coach like montella. How could you loose to a team like samdoria and expect to achieve anything in serie A? He should go and coach teams in serie B and improve himself. Milan is far bigger than what he can handle and as a professional as he has claimed, he should just resign

Ipadeola kolawole
Ipadeola kolawole
3 years ago

Mr man, this is your failure as a coach. Stop saying everyone.

Derrick
Derrick
3 years ago

Please someone should help me send a message to montella that till we start playing locatelli we will never win a match.the boy is very intelligent in midfield and strong too .i have never loved biglia feom the very first day he stood foot in milan.that parking of midfield can help you. just play your normal four at the back locatelli and kessie box to box infront of the defence and then three attacking midfielders infront of the box to box to suit suso’s style and then a striker.simple mark my words montella you will make it. We need hard… Read more »

oluwashevy
3 years ago

Comment let’s give him two matches n c d results of d out come

Ink
Ink
3 years ago

I’m waiting for the ”You have no balls!” speech.
Inzaghi said it though we were still shit afterwards.
Miha said it and we played better afterwards.
Montella said it last season, and we played better.

So, its time to say it in the training!

Raven
Raven
3 years ago
Reply to  Ink

it’s right, they are all afraid of the opposition to dribble past them and making them look bad. The defense starts with the striker, and kalinic did ok with that, but god forbid Lord Mesuso and Sir Bonaldinho help the defense

Nildinho
Nildinho
3 years ago

Six awful performances. This was bad, so was Cagliari and SPAL and of course Lazio. Crotone does not count. Very soft start to the season, and we are already of the pace. But results are not the worst part. We spent 200+ but we still show no Grit, no desire and zero creativity. We move the Ball around soooo slow just waiting for a mistake from opponents. The likes of SPAL and crotone will deliver that but guess what, that is not good enough. Some on This blog (my self included) worried about the lack of creativity in the team.… Read more »

Donremie
Donremie
3 years ago

Hello montella, it’s obvious u lack d cojones/guts to take Milan to d next level…revert back to ur preferred 433, or 4312 and stick to it….then manage ur team such dat only d best players feature, Dias no need resting players dis early in d season, dat shld come around December n it shld be 1 or 2 changes per match…even if bonucci and kessie have to watch from d bench, so be it…it’s time to shake things up B4 it’s too late….352 is not for Milan, I repeat, it’s too defensive n lacks creative or attacking spark…a stitch in… Read more »

Akon
Akon
3 years ago

BIGLIA lost most of the ball he won back to be honest with you lucatelli is far better than him, no single pass.. Which make motolivo better than him, KESSIE is not a good footballer, suso can’t get chance in Spain national team, just let him go, kalanic….trash borini waste, zapata off player. This 5 players is Milan problem

Vic
Vic
3 years ago

‘I dont know how to explain this’. Duh montella you are the coach and you are so clueless. Even im not a coach but i can see clearly that the problem is tactics. About self confidence, whats the point of winning 9 of 10 games before and talk about self confidence. Maybe they are not confidence because of your tactics sir.
What makes me more pissed is that inter and lazio won.

Terry
Terry
3 years ago

Montella will be fired soon if this nonsense continues. Everything was just off. No player aside from Donnarunma seemed interested in this game. Shameful performance

Agni
Agni
3 years ago

Your results are too inconsistent montella and I fear it will cost milan dearly.
If you can’t get a win against Roma then please go away and take that clown Zapata along.

I’m beginning to have a very strong feeling that we will not finish top 4 under montella.
The sooner he goes the better.

Raven
Raven
3 years ago

Milan weren’t what? U are not worthy!!! Please could someone can explain to me WHY in the name of Fu#k! Montella uses 7 defensive players: bonucci zapata romagnoli, biglia,abate,kessie,rodriguez Still guessing how we couldn’t get a chance on goal? I remember how some of u complained about allegri being defensive minded, now this is just stupid, abate and rodriguez are not attackers, suso and bona are not wingers! HERE Montella that is the mistake, IDIOT! I thought 352 would be like this: Mussa- Bonu- Romang Monty/Loca Suso—-Kessie/Mauri—–Biglia/Calha—–Bona Kali-Silva But noooooooo, god forbids that suso or bona try to track back… Read more »

Raven
Raven
3 years ago

“The opponents? If we have to lose than it’s better against Sampdoria than someone else since it’s a city and these are fans that I have in my heart.”
What??????!!!!!!!!!! Montella U missed Forza Sampdoria

Agni
Agni
3 years ago

From the very start we were playing poorly and I knew we will loose this game unless montella made some changes quickly, but guess what montella was clueless and let the team suffer on the pitch, unwilling to make any changes.

It was such a horrible game to watch.

Get a good coach or the Chinese will fire you too fasobelli.

And then Elliot will fire the Chinese.

All in all we are in for a fiery season.

san-siro
3 years ago

Well! Well! Well Mr montella. The problem u are facing is very simple. (1) if cC.Zapata is physically good, acmilan directors will not go and buy mustachio, a regular player for u (2) its well-known to everybody that Suso cannot be a second striker or Trequesta . (3) Bonventura is not both physically and mentally sound. Stop using him ahead of Hakan. Everybody can see it. Stop being sentimental. The season have started, No more pre-season, stop! Stop! Stop. I hope u will not be sacked before juventus match.

Easybrown
Easybrown
3 years ago

I have said it many times and will continue to say it,,until Milan sack montella,that’s when they will start knowing what they are doing…
That guy is a total confuse coach

Easybrown
Easybrown
3 years ago

I have said it many times and will continue to say it,,until Milan sack montella,that’s when they will start knowing what they are doing…
That guy is a total confuse coach

Vic
Vic
3 years ago

So after all this and milan wanna buy cavani. All this nonsense. How about a real coach?

phymo
phymo
3 years ago

Comment:I think Milan should sack montella and get tuchel before anoda team gets him

emery
emery
3 years ago

Pls Fasobelli bring Leonardo Jardim or Thomas Tuchel to replace this clueless coach ..

Coach Seedorf
Coach Seedorf
3 years ago

Well, you may not like my opinion but Milan’s problems started after buying Bonucci. Changing a team’s formation just to sooth one player doesn’t make sense yo me really. Best formation for Milan is 4231 in order to get the best out of everyone and play them in their natural roles. 343 is the next alternative, but RicRod may be the only player affected as I don’t know if he can play as a left sided midfielder. We need our offensive strengths at work. Suso on the right, Silver striker, Bona on the left, hakan playing 10. We need these… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Coach Seedorf

Actually. I agree with you, buying a defender, and letting him dictate the formation – and our play??? – I thought the same, Bonucci may be saying the right things, but he isnt stepping up on the field, he takes up too much room – Ibra did that too but the difference is that he made the other players better and won matches for us. I thought that his signing was a mistake, even though I got excited, and currently, he isnt proving me wrong. But its not just his fault, its Montella who needs to be direct and tell… Read more »

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
3 years ago

Honestly I was one who asked for a 3 man defence formation, it truly does suit this team best. My problem is, out of all the 3 d formations you can put out you choose a 3 5 1 1.how does that make sense. Suso in that formation has been terrible. Actually the whole team played bad. Our best games we either played a 3 4 1 2 or 3 4 2 1. That 3 5 1 1 offers 0 strength in attack and it’s quite embarrassing to not be able to register a shot on net against sampdoria. I’m… Read more »

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
3 years ago

And I don’t care what anyone says. A game you’re losing you take off Abate and bring on borini. Which he played a part in the second goal. Price tag aside, Silva when given the chance has been good. He clearly Is one of the most talented players in our squad but yet you choose to bench him. Montella did a good job last year with the players he had, this year there is no excuse. People attacking bonucci, yes he’s been poor but the whole team has been and the tactics are completely wrong especially in that sampdoria game.… Read more »

Edd
Edd
3 years ago

One of the most disgusting performances i’ve ever seen, with f.. up line up, and a fag… coach who earn $3 million/season who has no clue what he’s doing hahaha. i did not open my mouth since the end of last season and was watching all the games and reviewing our new signed players( especially these mediocre players in midfield who still worth nothing including the new signing) which i always mentioned them in the recent years and most of you still thinking our problems are in playing cutrone, silva or any other player in attack, all the passes from… Read more »