NEWS
Saturday October 22 2016
Montella: 'New Milan season starts'

Vincenzo Montella warned “a new season begins now,” as Milan beating Juventus means there are different expectations.

The Rossoneri cut the lead at the top of the table to just two points after Manuel Locatelli’s screamer for a 1-0 win, their first over Juve since 2012.

“You cannot think of beating Juve without suffering at least a little bit. I really liked the courage and confidence my team showed in spells, but not all the way through, and we must build on this,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.

“I told the lads a new season begins now, because after this the opposition and everyone else will have different expectations of us. They will approach us a different way and the pressure on us will also be different.

“To be honest, tonight I really was emotional. After the final whistle I saw the lads rush to celebrate under the Curva and I had memories flooding back of my adolescence, when I was a Milan supporter and dreamed of playing here.

“I want to thank Adriano Galliani, as he is supporting his Coach throughout thick and thin, so with Milan going through rather a difficult transfer session, I am happy for him.”

Juventus were furious after Miralem Pjanic’s goal was incorrectly ruled offside in the first half, above all as it took two minutes of debate between officials before the decision was made.

“I was looking and trying to figure out what was going on. I think he flagged it offside, it’s certainly a dubious incident, but it was hard to work out.”

Milan have picked up 16 points in the last six rounds and kept four clean sheets in the last six. It was a fine way for Montella to celebrate his 200th Serie A game as a Coach.

“I’m an optimist and we worked hard, but the forwards have realised they need to start the defensive movements and so we suffer a lot less than in the early games.

“Experience improves players and also Coaches, including me, so I am learning and re-evaluating all the time. I started out here with a certain approach, but realised the priority was getting a series of confidence-boosting results and that means working towards the strengths of these players."