‘Juventus Much More Than Higuain, But We’re Ready’ – Milan Boss Montella
Montella was speaking ahead of the Supercoppa Italiana where AC Milan face Juventus as the Rossoneri will be looking avenge their defeat to the Bianconeri in May’s Copa Italia final.
Montella did praise Higuain and said that the Argentine was worth the hefty price-tag but said that the Old Lady had some other world-class players like Paulo Dybala too.
“Juventus are not just about Higuain,” Montella said.
“Paulo Dybala, for example, is one of the best in the world.”
“Can we beat them? Well, we have done already, but they are a team that has been built to win the Champions League. Massimiliano Allegri has a complete team that can play in so many ways.”
“As for the €90m spent on him [Higuain], it is the law of supply and demand.”
“It has made the gap between the value of the players much wider but if we think about what buys you an average player and what buys you a player like Higuain, that right there is this difference.”
“It is because the fans identify with being champions, therefore they want a champion.”
Montella also stressed that his team is not inferior to Juventus even when it comes to experience of playing in Cup finals.
“I want to see the right attitude. Against Juventus it is not enough to be at 90 per cent, you need 100 per cent and a little bit more.”
“Then it takes a bit of luck – Juve have won five and a half league titles.”
“But it is not true this Milan are not used to finals. Only last May, they played in the Coppa Italia final and then I think my team in the league have played several matches as if they were a final.”
“Even against Roma, for example, the mentality was like that. Apart from the result [a 1-0 away loss], I was pleased with my players.”
“It will be different from when we beat Juventus in the league, but I won’t tell you whether and how I will change my Milan and give away any advantages.”
“It is not thanks to me that we will be in Doha. I would like to say a final thank you to my predecessors [Sinisa] Mihajlovic, [Cristian] Brocchi and the players that were here a year ago.”