Saturday August 1 2015
Miha: 'Montolivo important for Milan'

Sinisa Mihajlovic is impressed by Milan youngsters Rodrigo Ely and Davide Calabria, while Riccardo Montolivo “can be important.”

The Coach spoke to Milan Channel after a successful tour of China, which saw them beat Inter 1-0 and lose to Real Madrid only on penalties.

“I am satisfied with the work done so far because we changed players, tactical system and approach to training. There’s a month to go and we’ll be ready for the start of the season on August 23.

“I have to make the players realise how things are, which is that without certain rules we’ll get nowhere. They are intelligent lads and if they understand that I think things will go well.”

Mihajlovic was asked which players had most impressed him over the summer and named two teenagers.

“I don’t like to talk about individuals, but if I have to make an exception than I’ll say Calabria and Ely. They are two very promising youngsters and can improve a great deal training with us. Perhaps because I didn’t know much about them before, they surprised me the most.

“I know Montolivo more than anyone, as we already worked together at Fiorentina. I know both his personality and technical characteristics.

“He can play as a central midfielder or in a wider role, we’ll see. He is coming off an injury and is just starting to find his rhythm. He’s a very important player who can give us a big hand.

“Milan have a competitive squad and made some excellent buys. We are still waiting for one or two more and with those we could challenge for the top three in Serie A. I am convinced we’ll have a great season.

“The level of Serie A has without doubt improved over the summer, but it’s not guaranteed that buying players will raise the bar. There are many variables to consider. We hope the others who bought have actually weakened their teams.”

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