Monday July 18 2016
Montella: 'Ugly football doesn't win'

Vincenzo Montella believes Milan's players 'want a comeback' and explains that 'ugly football is less likely to win'.

The appointment of the Aeroplanino means a fresh new start for him and for the Rossoneri alike, as he'll hope to bring flair after the gritty style of Sinisa Mihajlovic.

“I believe I'm at a great club,” he told Sky Sports Italia. “I still remember [Marco] Van Basten's poster in my room as a child.

“We're working well. There's a lot to be done, but I'm pleased with this initial phase of training. The lads are hungry for a comeback after a period in which things didn't go well.

“Many of them expressed themselves at a level that is below their potential, so everyone must understand where and how they can improve.

“To win games you must control them, and control play. This is how you increase your odds of winning. I'm convinced that ugly football lowers your odds of winning.

“As for the market, we all know that the squad must be completed. Now it comes down to [joint-CEO Adriano] Galliani and the club, who will act according to what's on offer on the market as well as the club's economic resources.”

Montella then went on to discuss some of his players, including Carlos Bacca and M'Baye Niang.

“Bacca is a player of an international level who always guarantees many goals. He's driven to play in the Champions League, we'll see what happens.

“I'm curious about Niang because he has great potential, which he still hasn't fully expressed. He's young, but if he wants to become a champion, then the time to prove that is now.”

The club may be sold this summer, although Silvio Berlusconi may remain as honorary president.

“Milan without Berlusconi would be paradoxical. I don't give much thought to what's happening and what's going to happen.

“My reference within the club is Galliani and that's who I'm talking to. We'll see what happens in the future, but my mind is focused on the present.

“Our objectives? We must build a working method and a style of play. And there's the market, of course. Milan are used to winning and the recent drought of trophies led people to lose faith in the club. We have a debt towards the fans, now we must bring them back by means of our performances.”

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