Montella: “It was a balanced match, we are being punished by details and we must be more clinical, Biglia isn’t calm”

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Vincenzo Montella during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Vincenzo Montella told all the usual stories but in the end Milan lost their 5th Serie A match, 2-0 against Juventus.

Milan were hoping that Saturday’s match with Juventus, in a sold-out San Siro stadium, can be the turning point of the season, but it was just more of the same.

The Rossoneri started the match very well with a lot of enthusiasm but after 10 good minutes, Juventus settled into the match.

While Milan had more of the ball all throughout the match (53.6%), they seemed to lack ideas of what to do with it and Juve looked comfortable at the back. The Diavolo had just one or two actual good chances, the best of them arriving in the last moment of the second half when Nikola Kalinić had to put the ball past Gigi Buffon; but instead, the disappointing striker hit the crossbar from close range.

Gonzalo Higuaín showed Kalinić how a top striker does it and scored two excellent goals (23′, 64′) to give Juventus the three points. Milan almost never looked like a threat, were toothless, sluggish with their passes and just uninspired, as Suso and Çalhanoğlu were marked out of the game.

After this defeat, Milan now have the same number of L’s and W’s in Serie A this term. They have 6 points less than they did last season after the same number of matches and have failed to score in their last 3 three home league matches – their longest streak in Serie A since December 2007.

André Silva, Nikola Kalinić, Suso, Manuel Locatelli, Luca Antonelli, Alessio Romagnoli and Ricardo Rodriguez thanking the fans at the end of Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
André Silva, Nikola Kalinić, Suso, Manuel Locatelli, Luca Antonelli, Alessio Romagnoli and Ricardo Rodriguez thanking the fans at the end of Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“It was a very balanced match, one we played on even terms with Juventus, but the difference was made by Higuain with two great goals,” Montella told Premium Sport. “As far as I am concerned, the team put in a good performance, we were just a little tired. We were balanced and had twice as many shots compared to Juve. We could’ve broken the deadlock earlier, but their strikers did better.

“Milan lost all of their big matches [against Lazio, Sampdoria, Roma, Inter and Juve]? We are a restructured squad and in the games against the big clubs, apart from 15 minutes with Lazio, we always played on level terms. This is scant consolation, but we must be more clinical in front of goal.

Gonzalo Higuain celebrating during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Higuain celebrating during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

“The defense [Milan have conceded 16 goals]? On both Juventus goals, the defense was in position, but Higuain scored two phenomenal strikes. We must also recognize the talent of the opposition. The attack? We went close to the goal several times, but there are few Higuains out there and not everybody has someone like him. Higuain is a Champion, half a meter is enough for him.

“The pressure of San Siro? I maintain it was a good performance from my team. In this type of fixture, you also need to be accustomed to games at this level. We now have to react straight away and focus on winning in Athens on Thursday in the Europa League. I expect to find motivation from the players.”

The Milan Curva Sud tifo before Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
The Milan Curva Sud tifo before Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Speaking to Sky, Montella said: “We prepared for an aggressive match, it was a balanced match as long as we had the strength. We were penalized by two great plays of a Champion [Higuain]. Juventus have more than one player at the highest level. The squad was not rewarded, we had the same [number of] opportunities as Juventus. We played an even match against an extremely strong side.

“I’m sorry, now we need to find the energies and absorb yet another defeat that came in the same manner as the others against the consolidated teams. Also on Saturday the team played the game that they had to do. It is a shame that we lost our energy and quality during the game.

Nikola Kalinić and Gianluigi Buffon during  Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Nikola Kalinić and Gianluigi Buffon during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“We have to think about being consistent. Everyone goes through difficult moments in time. Higuain’s goals? He was good, his intuition… we must say how good how opponents are. Buffon? He got better with time. The team? There are good players here, they will become very good.

“Juventus already have very good players, it’s all clear. Kessié and Biglia [who were disappointing again]? Kessié is 20, let’s not forget it, it’s his first experience in a big club. Biglia is suffering a bit from this situation of results, he’s a very sensitive guy. I believe in him, he has a big personality.”

Lucas Biglia and Paulo Dybala during  Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Lucas Biglia and Paulo Dybala during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

In his post-match press conference at the San Siro press room, the coach said: “We had difficulty handling the match? I disagree, I think we played 15 exceptional minutes in which we deserved a goal and in the first half we created more than Juventus. The match was decided by a top player.

“Our negative numbers? I think the last 3 defeats here at San Siro weren’t fair. We must grow, but I see a team that knows how to be on the pitch. The spaces given to Higuain? In the first 70 minute we played a defensive game of a great level, giving very little to the opponents.

Gianluigi Donnarumma during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“Higuain scored a goal of an absolute Champion, he is one and he scored two goals out of nothing. Milan are lacking a top striker? Dzeko [against Milan] scored a goal via a deflection, let’s not forget. Players are destined to grow, ours are not accustomed to these matches, the players of Juventus have made the Champions League final. Top players of €100m want to play in the Champions League to win it [Aubameyang said he wanted to join Milan]. I’m happy with the mercato that we did. This situation does not help the team because the players are young and the jersey of Milan weights.

“If I’m envious of Juve for something other than Higuain? I don’t envy anything. They are an example and teams are built over time. They are experienced and are now introducing some young players, but they are built to win the CL. There was optimism in the summer because big achievements are possible if you approach them the right way, even if some incidents could’ve gone our way.

Gonzalo Higuain celebrating during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Higuain celebrating during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

“We don’t score at San Siro? We went close against Juventus due to the dangerousness of the actions created. The same happened against Roma. Who are we racing with? Ourselves. We’re not looking at the standings. We are a team that can also have a sequence of wins.

“Biglia? I’m honestly, in general, not going to comment on individuals unless they score three goals… I think he can do more. He’s an extraordinary guy. I don’t know why but in the last period he has recently not looked calm. I am convinced he’ll become the added value we are looking for.”

Gonzalo Higuain celebrating during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Higuain celebrating during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Montella also talked with MilanTV after the final whistle of referee Paolo Valeri: “This is the game that has upset me the most. We played a good game, but we are being punished by details, this time Higuain’s sharpness. We did well to stop the other top players they have, but the difference is that our shot hit the crossbar and went out while theirs hit the post and went in.

“We stopped them from playing the type of game they wanted, although towards the end we dropped the intensity and lost a bit of confidence, it’s normal.  Juventus defenders are very physical and experienced, that’s also why we seemed to lack have lost energies in the final minutes of the game.

Suso and Mario Mandžukić during  Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Suso and Mario Mandžukić during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“The lack of goals? We need to have the conviction, it’s a matter of centimeters. In two occasions tonight, Kalinić was just centimeters away from scoring. We need to keep calm and focused, we will get there. Had we scored first, the course of the match would have definitely been different.

“We had the right approach. I saw the boys convinced, especially in the first half. It’s not easy to play in front of 80,000 fans. We could have scored two goals tonight because we were dangerous up front. These five defeats, with the last three at San Siro don’t do us justice. We have to improve because when you play better than or as good as your opponents you have to win.

Vincenzo Montella and Daniele Russo  during  Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella and Daniele Russo during Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“The formation? We’ll continue like this. The team now has an identity, we’re only missing the results. Today and tomorrow we’ll be demoralized but on Monday we will raise our head and try to change this moment when everything is bad. This is also a moment of growth. Suso and Çalhanoğlu? Well, the opponents marked them well and gave more space to our less dangerous players. They intentionally focused on the two because they are those who feed our strikers.

“Abate was captain? It was a simple and clear choice. The club had asked me for a new captain like Bonucci and when he’s not there then the old hierarchies are restored.”

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We played well and looked like coming back in the game up until we made our substitutions. I still don’t understand why antonelli had to come on in this game. Like seriously we’re 1-0 down and we’re pressing. Bring on cutrone to push back the defence and open space to suso and calhanoglu to do some work. I like antonelli but after being out for so long he offered absolutely nothing as a sub and once the subs were introduced it took the wind out of our sails. They were the wrong subs. One thing montella is right about is… Read more »

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i realy love your comment that i had to reply to it but doing the sub or formation for the coach won’t work seriously truth been told sometimes there is nothing to do to make it right montella himself won’t plan on loosing or making a formation to loose this game you should remember this he was made milan coach to make and a statement and prove is worth that he did last season and that is gonna do this season as well let’s just give it time we were all complain that milan were not getting possesion just the… Read more »

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Official : AC Milan sack Montella

Ohh my…. I miss those words now

Bajan Milanatic
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The only thing that seems to make sense to me when I consider the lack of urgency on the part of management in relation to Montella being relieved of his duties is that this is a direct plot by Berlusconi & Co to sabotage the Chinese with all their investments with the intentions of buying back Milan for less than half of what the Chinese paid him.

The Chinese need to get their shit together and stop letting these Italian mafias dictate what happens to their investment.

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“Montella should stay”. Show yourselves now people, it’s that time to get behind the coach who plays football at his own half, once crosses the centre line and pass it straight to Suso and hope for the best and then say “We were the better team.” I still want to see those who bashed Boban, Sheva and Maldini for questioning the management’s decisions. Fassone is good in the marketing side of the brand “Milan” but not on the sporting side as they should have sacked the coach after the Inter defeat. All they talk about is the 11 magical signings… Read more »

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I bet if Passalic was still on loan at Milan he would be played ahead of Biglia/Kessie.

mercelo
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mercelo

last season this montella we all calling for his head was our hero he won twice against the great juventus he is surely trying his best that he is not winnig is not the coach’s fault is just all this God of soccer things we all see the match against roma and juve we had d game but we lost i do understand we dont want the loosing team we all want the winning team but you can’t win if you don’t loose because loosing means you are trying yeah montella is trying to build us a team a strong… Read more »

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Bravo,you the first the person who sees this situation pragmatically in this blog. If Higuan scores 2 brilliant goals from excellent play “Sack Montella” that will help. If Dzeko gets a deflection goal and PLAYERS decide to panic “sack Montella” If Icardi scores a hatric passed our trusted defenders which makes all the difference in the end “Sack montella” THAT WILL HELP…… Sometimes the players need to take responsibility and pull up their socks.I hate that Milan is loosing just as much as everyone else, but having played on with Roma,Inter ,and Juve with a team we literally JUST assembled,pointing… Read more »

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Inter have play againts all top 7 teams in serie A this season but Juve and Lazio and they only losing points againts mighty Napoli. Lazio only miss roma and Inter, while Roma only miss Lazio and Juve. Other than that, they have relatively easy schedule.

tsep
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tsep

In other words,all of them still have the potential of dropping 6 points

nomontella
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nomontella

and how many points our gap with them? base on simple opportunity calculation, there is only one pity team who potentially dropping 6 points, but it means others will still advance. And we still can’t even reach top 4 after winter.

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oluwa shevy

tsep nice one well said true fan our players need to wake up we can’t score against juventus see sporting Lisbon dey r leading our almighty juventus.our players really need to wake up u can’t compare our squad wit Dier.yet da r scoring

SUNKANMI
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SUNKANMI

is so sad to see el sharawy scoring tonight,, fuck Galliani and those management for letting my favorite player walk away, I wish sharawy com back to milan