Monday October 24 2016
Montella: 'Benatia was offside'

Vincenzo Montella has assured that the controversial decision to rule out Medhi Benatia’s goal for Juventus against his Milan side was the correct one.

The Rossoneri defeated the Old Lady 1-0 in Milan on Saturday evening, leading to further talk of an unexpected Scudetto push. But what does Montella think of such speculation?

"Honestly a Coach needs goals and to think big," The ex-Fiorentina man told Radio 1. "What I know is that tomorrow is particularly difficult, the opponent [Genoa] are very competitive at the moment.

“We must not forget the compliments, but out heads must already be on the game tomorrow.

"I think to counter Juve, you have to be extremely competitive, which we have been so far. The team is growing and gaining knowledge.

The Milan boss then talked about Milan’s young starlets Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Locatelli, both of whom received plaudits for fine performances against Juve.

“I think they are the predestined to do it. They are playing in an extraordinarily calm way for their age. They have large families behind them. Donnarumma has 20 years ahead of him to replace Gigi [Buffon]

The Rossoneri boss then gave his opinion on the Juventus goal that was ruled out for offside on Sunday night and also offered his thoughts on Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“When the ball was played, Donnarumma was moving towards the ball as well as Benatia, which then interrupted the motion of the ball.

“In this short time, I have been fortunate to be assisted by a great leader. Future scenarios are not up to me. We are talking about an executive who has always been able to be present.”

Finally, what does Montella think of the Scudetto race, now that Milan are in an excellent position?

“Juve are a very strong team. We have to keep the balance. There are many examples of teams that start strong and then collapse. The important thing is to maintain balance and we must not lose it.”