Wednesday April 6 2016
Montolivo: 'Milan confrontation'

Riccardo Montolivo admits Milan players had “a long confrontation with raised voices” in their training retreat.

The Rossoneri are in the Coppa Italia Final against Juventus on May 21, but defeat to Atalanta on Sunday means they are only one Serie A point clear of Sassuolo in sixth place.

“We had a pretty long confrontation with raised voices,” confessed the captain on Milan Channel.

“Nobody is satisfied with the current situation, as two points from four games is not sufficient for a team like ours.

“I don’t think the training retreat is a solution, but I do think it will help because the team has to take responsibility for this moment, take a good long look at themselves individually and understand what more we can all give.

“I hope that on Saturday we’ll see that on the field against Juventus.”

The leaders have won 20 of their last 21 Serie A games, but Montolivo notes Milan have more problems against minnows.

“These fixtures are the easiest to prepare for psychologically. We are working on how to make the most of the Juventus defects, even if there aren’t many of them. We all want to prove to the fans and to ourselves that Milan is not what you saw in recent outings.

“We want to face a stronger side, aware that if our heads are in the right place, we can play for the win. That’s not to be underestimated, as the psychological aspect is where we’ve really been lacking this season.”

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