AC Milan former coach Vincenzo Montella returns to talk about the Rossoneri and what really happened behind the scenes at San Siro.
After a little more than a year after his sacking as coach of Milan, Vincenzo Montella returns to talk about his experience at San Siro. In a long interview with Il Corriere della Sera the former coach did not hold back: “I read that even before the start of the second season there was no confidence in me. I felt sorry to say goodbye to Milan because my work was unfinished. More patience and experience was needed”.
“I felt I could grow up with the team, I was not given the time. Communication was wrong since the summer, creating very high expectations on the team, I should have kept a lower profile but it is difficult to contrast with the club’s directives. 11 new players had arrived and it would take some time to assemble them. Instead, I too supported the proclamations of the management. Rationally it would have been right to leave after the first year during which I won the Super Cup”.
TRANSFER MARKET – The former Milan coach also talked about the transfer market and the players who arrived in the summer of 2017: “If I shared the purchase of all the new arrivals? Let’s say we clashed on some. Others instead were practically signed by the time I was informed. For Bonucci, for example, it was me who forced his purchase.
At the end of the transfer window we had very few resources available to find a central midfielder and a striker. It’s true that we were close to Morata and Batshuayi but then with 20 million euros available it was hard to buy a stronger center forward than Kalinic. Bonucci captain? The club had promised him, they wanted to bet on a player from the new course. On the phone I told him that you could be captain even without a band”.
PHYSICAL CONDITION – After taking the place of Montella, Gennaro Gattuso pointed his finger on the physical condition in which he found the team, but the former coach does not agree: “This accusation touches me deeply. In the match with Benevento, the first of my successor, the players ran more than their opponents. There is a confusion between distance and intensity.
I challenge those who have questioned my work for a public confrontation. I have been training in Serie A for 5-6 years and I think I have more experience than those who made certain statements, Gattuso? He did not call me, but I made myself heard after those statements to tell him that he was wrong and that he had exaggerated“.