Montella’s Milan Still Striving For Perfection After Big Win
The Rossoneri kick-started their Europa League campaign brilliantly as Andre Silva hit a hat-trick while Hakan Calhanoglu and Suso also found the net.
Despite the big win, Montella insisted that they still have to improve in certain areas and wants his players to give their best for it.
“We’re not perfect and we’ve still got to look for that,” he said, via UEFA.com. “It’s not going to be easy to get it – if it is even possible.”
Milan had suffered a disastrous 4-1 defeat against Lazio on Sunday, but boss Montella was happy with the way his players pounced back in Vienna.
“It was weighing us down, the Lazio defeat, for the way it happened, but I was pleased with the way we approached the game today and the spirit we showed,” Montella said.
“We played quickly, particularly in the first 20 minutes, finishing the game off clinically.”
“We know we still have to work hard, but this was a big win for us. Now we’ve got to put it to one side and prepare for the Udinese game [on Sunday].”
Milan’s 3-5-2 formation worked wonders – Silva and Nikola Kalinic gradually developing a strong partnership – and Milan left-back Luca Antonelli accentuated that this is the perfect formation for their revamped squad.
“We analysed the defeat in Rome and looked at where we could improve. I think we gave the perfect answer tonight,” Antonelli told Sky Sport Italia.
“I really like the 3-5-2 formation, but it’s up to the coach how we play. All in all, though, I think we played a game that showed what we are capable of.”
“Three quarters of the dressing room has changed [since last season], but I think we’ve built a great team and now it’s up to us to demonstrate it on the pitch.”