Saturday August 19 2017
Montella: 'Don't underestimate Crotone'

Vincenzo Montella wants Milan to enjoy “a season of satisfaction and proving ourselves, but we’re not underestimating Crotone.”

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“It’s serious now, every point counts,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

The Rossoneri already played three competitive games in the Europa League and on Thursday crushed Shkendija 6-0 at San Siro.

“I hope this can be a season of satisfaction and proving ourselves. It is a very difficult campaign and in the last few rounds of the season, Crotone had the kind of results suitable for a Champions League team. I expect the same sort of match as last time, with a patient side waiting for the right moment to strike.

“I am not interested in why people say Milan are Scudetto contenders. We signed many new players and first of all need to become a team, then become a winning team. I don’t feel pressure, nor should we set limits on ourselves, but we know there are more well-drilled sides out there.

“Milan must become great again over time and we’ve laid the right foundations. The objective is to fire up the enthusiasm and pride of the Milan fans who, especially thanks to the world of Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli, rediscovered their smile.”

The Rossoneri are without injured Giacomo Bonaventura and Alessio Romagnoli, suspended Gabriel Paletta, while M’Baye Niang, Jose Sosa and Gustavo Gomez are again dropped.

“There are some technical decisions, but not only those. I want to thank those who weren’t picked for being very professional about it. Playing every three days, some squad rotation is inevitable, but Milan will not underestimate Crotone.

“Jack had tests and it’s nothing serious, but he will miss the next two games, if not three. Romagnoli is alright, I preferred to let him train and focus so he could be ready for next Thursday.

“We feel the fans are passionate and must fan the flames of that passion, making them feel even prouder to support this club.”

Nikola Kalinic is expected to undergo his medical on Monday ahead of a transfer from Fiorentina.

“I’d be ungrateful if I asked for something more, but we’ll have to see what the market offers. I am very happy with what we’ve achieved so far.”

Milan squad for Crotone: A Donnarumma, G Donnarumma, Storari; Abate, Antonelli, Bonucci, Calabria, Conti, Musacchio, Rodriguez, Zapata; Calhanoglu, Kessie, Locatelli, Mauri, Montolivo; Borini, Cutrone, Andre Silva, Suso

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