MONTELLA: "HIGUAIN MADE THE DIFFERENCE"
The coach: "We played a good game but should have scored". Abate and Antonelli also spoke to Milan TV
Vincenzo Montella reflected on his team’s performance and the defeat against the Bianconeri at San Siro. The 0-2 is definitely a disappointing result for the Red and Blacks, especially after getting back to winning ways a few days ago in Verona. Here is what the boss had to say:
ON THE MATCH
"This is the match 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 have lost energies in the final minutes of the game.
ON THE TEAM’S PERFORMANCE
"We had the right approach. I saw the boys convinced (they could do well) 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 or as good as your opponents you have to win. I see that the team knows what to do. In the first 70’ we played with a high defence and didn’t give Juve many opportunities. We mustn’t look at the table, we have to focus only on ourselves. We can still improve a lot as a team and the individuals as well.
THE LACK OF GOALS
"We need to have the conviction, it’s a matter of centimetres. In two occasions tonight, Kalinic was just centimetres 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.
"I don’t want to talk about our individuals. Biglia is a great guy, he played a positive match against Chievo, but recently he hasn't looked calm. Suso and Calhanoglu? 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".At the end of the match, also Ignazio Abate spoke to Milan TV:
“We started off on the right foot, but an individual play by a great striker changed the game. We had the feeling we could have scored in the first half, but after Kalinic hit the bar, we lost a bit of confidence. Then in the second half, we didn’t have the mental strength to stay in the game and we conceded a second goal. We have to carry on, there is no point on looking back”. On the system of play: “We always try to play well in every match. We are on the right path, we are not giving up but we still have to win points. Playing well is not enough. Now we must focus immediately on Europa League". On his team-mate Suso: "He's a fantastic player and today he has shown it again"A second Red and Black player took the opportunity to share his views on the clash. This is what Luca Antonelli said to Milan TV:
"We were punished by two great plays from a great champion. Before that, the match was levelled. Kalinic’s strike that hit the crossbar could have changed the whole game, but there is a reason why Juve have been the Italian champions for the past six years”. On his physical conditions: "I am fully fit and I happy to be back, although not content with the result". On the next meeting: “We go to Athens to take home the three points”.https://www.acmilan.com/en/news/intervi ... difference