Sunday February 26 2017
Montella: 'Errors favoured Milan today'

Vincenzo Montella admits “some of the incidents went in our favour” as Milan beat Sassuolo amid controversy, but “there was too much tension.”

The game was ruined by numerous errors, including a Carlos Bacca penalty that he hit with both feet while slipping, some dubious spot-kicks awarded and ignored.

“There were many incidents today at the limit, some of them were in our favour – I admit that, because they can’t always go against us – but we did see a lot of tension, far too much, and at every incident there was a protest,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think we need to give the referee more time to breathe and possibly make a mistake. There was fury every few minutes.

“If you want to follow the rules all the way, then on Bacca’s penalty there were also two Sassuolo players in the box. We had chances, so did Sassuolo, I didn’t like the game because it was so tense and irritable. This is not the kind of football match that I enjoy.

“I am sorry, but more or less the same thing happened in October against Sassuolo, we’re sorry for them, but those are the only games when things went in our favour.”

There was already tension after yesterday’s Press conference when Montella said Milan were “in credit” when it came to referees.

“They were talking about that game for months, so I replied simply that we were in credit overall for the entire season,” explained the Coach.

“Everyone needs to just calm down and accept mistakes with a more relaxed state of mind. That’s what we did the majority of the time when those errors went against us.

“The respect for referees must not be abandoned.”

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