Thursday November 17 2016
Abbiati: 'Milan players didn't work'

Ex-Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati reveals last season “there were players who didn’t train well, argued and were bad for the group.”

The retired shot-stopper spoke to 7Gold television about the sudden transformation this term and what was missing last year.

“It wasn’t so much not understanding what it means to wear this shirt, it was just being unprofessional,” said Abbiati.

“In my view the club did very well to sell and exclude certain characters who were not doing what was best for Milan.

“Even if I didn’t play, I was always at the disposal of the Coach and trained at 100 per cent, because it can happen that you’re called into action and need to be ready.

“However, some who were not playing then didn’t train well, argued and were bad for the group. In all my years at Milan, I saw very few who didn’t have the right attitude.

“Some people… My mind was going back and then looking at the present, I didn’t have that enthusiasm when I arrived for training anymore.

“Right now I don’t miss football, but I do miss Milan a little bit, as that club was like a second family. I spent a lot of time wearing the Rossoneri jersey.

“This weekend I will sit in the stands as a fan and suffer during the derby, just as I did during Milan-Juventus, feeling as if I was on the field.

“Vincenzo Montella is doing very well and I love the fact they are making the most of young players. They never throw the ball away, always try to play it to feet.

“Sinisa Mihajlovic and Christian Brocchi also deserve credit for starting the new era last year, laying the foundations for Montella.”

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