Montella Fumes Despite Milan’s Inspirational Comeback Against Torino
AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella was left furious after the Rossoneri failed to win all three points at Torino on Monday.
The Diavolo went two goals behind and turned things around in the second half to salvage a draw, but Montella was not too pleased with how the first-half turned out.
The Milan boss was frustrated with how his team just performed in one half and was completely loose in the other.
Andrea Belotti and Marco Benassi gave the home side the lead in the first-half, although the Rossoneri have Gianluigi Donnarumma to thank as he saved a Aden Ljajic’s penalty.
Montella was however, able to turn things around in the second half with Andrea Bertolacci’s goal and Carlos Bacca finding the back of the net with a penalty.
However, Montella refused to reveal what he told his Diavolo troops at the half-time.
“I don’t like to speak publicly about private matters, so what I said stays in the dressing room,” Montella said.
“After this match the team has learned another little lesson that will serve us well going forward. We saw many games and two or three Milans. It really was an indecipherable game at times.”
“Torino deserved to take the lead and had a better mentality at the start. But we raised ours in the second half and deserved to go level.”
“Towards the end it was wide open with either side able to get the winner. The plan is to play a full 75 to 90 minutes like this. If we can do it for 20 minutes, we can do it for a whole game. It is an issue of mentality.”
“I want Milan to improve the approach and get games locked down in the first half, not the second.”
The former Sampdoria boss also criticized M’Baye Niang for failing to reach a cross by Ignazio Abate saying, “I did get rather angry with Niang at the end, as that move could have been finished,” Montella said. “Niang needs to do more and put the effort in. Let’s just say I complimented him many other times, but not this time.”
Prior to the match Milan confirmed the sale of Luis Adriano to Spartak Moscow in a deal worth just €1 million.
The 29-year-old arrived at the San Siro in 2015 from Shakhtar Donetsk, but failed to cement his place under Montella.
AC Milan were keen to get the striker off their wage bill and confirmed the sale ahead of the match.
“The club wants to thank Luiz for his two seasons in our colours and wish him the very best of luck for the future,” Milan said in a statement.