Tuesday July 18 2017
Montella: ‘Milan showed character’

Vincenzo Montella praises the “application and character” of his Milan squad, despite the 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund.

The Rossoneri were beaten by the Germans in China earlier today, though they were without several of this summer’s new signings.

“We can’t look at the result,” Montella said in the mixed zone after the match.

“I saw a team with application and character. There are things we need to work on, but the spirit is always the same.

“We suffered at time, but we reacted and the young players also did well.

“Hakan Calhanoglu? He’s a very talented player, he can ignite the play. He has great application and he wants to improve, we hope he can express his full potential soon.

“As for Leonardo Bonucci, he’s now one of us in every respect. It was a great signing by the club and we’re happy to have him with us.”

Milan face Craiova in the Europa League next week, will they be ready?

“I’d be happy to arrive at 70 per cent. I hope those who have arrived will be as prepared as us, or even more so. It’s a fundamental game for us.”