Monday December 19 2016
Montella: 'Milan used to finals'

Vincenzo Montella believes his Milan side have played like they are in a final already this season.

The Rossoneri take on Juventus in the SuperCoppa Italiana in Doha on Friday, and the Coach stressed that Max Allegri's men are not a one-man team.

"Juventus are not just about [Gonzalo] Higuain," Montella continued in an interview with Tuttosport, having already stressed that he has no hatred for the Old Lady.

"[Paulo] Dybala, for example, is one of the best in the world.

"As for the €90m spent on him, it's the law of supply and demand.

"It has made the gap between the value of the players much wider but if we think about what buys you an average player and what buys you a player like Higuain, it is right that there is this difference.

"It is because the fans identify with being champions, therefore they want a champion.

"It is not thanks to me that we will be in Doha. I have to thank my predecessors, I would like to say a final thank you to [Sinisa] Mihajlovic, [Cristian] Brocchi and the players that were here a year ago."

This will be Montella's third final as a Coach, the second with Fiorentina was marred by shootings outside the stadium, which delayed the kick-off.

"I hope to do better this time around. With the youngsters of Roma we were only just defeated by Milan.

"The other is the tragic final with Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia against Napoli at the Olimpico.

"I remember that wait long in the dressing room, seeing the events unfold.

"It was a bit of a mistake by everyone not to isolate the team  from what was happening and in fact we lost the final in the first twenty minutes.

"The match had already started but we were still not really there on the field.

"This Milan aren’t used to finals? No this is not true.

"Only last May, they played in the Coppa Italia final. And then I think my team in the league, having played several matches as if they were a final.

"Even against Roma, for example, the mentality was like that. Apart from the result, I was pleased with my players."