MONTELLA: "WE NEED TO RAISE OUR LEVEL"
Boss Montella at the press conference ahead of Samp match: "Like me, the squad is highly motivated"
After two consecutive wins in Serie A over Udinese and Spal, it’s now time to play away against Sampdoria. On the eve of the clash in Marassi, following the last training session at Milanello, coach Montella presented the meeting in a pre-match press conference at the Sports Center. These were his words:
"I’m happy to come back to Genoa, it’s always an exciting match. La Samp is special to me. It will be a very tough match, they are very strong tactically. We must be fast and very organised, it will also be important to have the right mental approach. They always defend very well regardless of who they face, thus we will need to find spaces and gain depth up front.
"We need to raise our level, all our coming games will be extremely complicated: Inter, Rome, Juve and Napoli. This will be the first of many tough ones to come and one of the most complicated ones. Like me, the squad is highly motivated, the boys are pleased with our position in the league. We wished for such a start, now we have to continue the hard work towards our future.
"Until now, only Napoli has done better than us on ball possession, we record the highest shots on goal and the least shots on goal conceded. Numbers don’t tell the whole story, but if we take into considerations these stats we can see that AC Milan is doing really well. We are also the youngest squad in the competition, we are among the six youngest in Europe.
"Suso played really well last season as a winger. However, our objective is to reach the Champions League and he needs to raise his level and score more goals. Playing in a more central position, he will have more shooting occasions and will adapt quickly. André Silva is improving continuously, technically and mentally. I am not at all concerned about him. We did invest a lot on him and that raises the expectations and his responsibilities, but he is still 21 years old and will adapt very well. He is having a great start to the season and I am happy. Among Kalinic, Cutrone and Silva, Nikola is the most experienced, but we will need the three of them. So far he is the safest option, but later on, they will play all three together.
"We expect a lot from Bonucci and Biglia, as well as from the other experienced players that we have. They are a good example for everyone, on and off the pitch. They guide the younger players. However, I work with everyone in the same way, the tactics and all the other aspects of the game, I have no preferences. We will have ups and downs because we are a new squad. We can still improve but we are on the right path, we just need to be consistent with achieving positive results, that is always helpful".https://www.acmilan.com/en/news/press-c ... -our-level