AC Milan suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Udinese away from home on Sunday.
Milan Manager Vincenzo Montella spoke to Premium Sport after the match. The rossoneri took an early 1-0 lead through Giacomo Bonaventura’s goal in the 8th minute. However, both Bonaventura and Mattia De Sciglio went out of the game, which affected the outcome of the match.
Montella said if one looks at the result, it doesn’t do the team justice. The coach believed that team played well and could have won the game.
“In regards to Bonaventura and De Sciglio, we will see in the coming hours,” Montella said. “If we only look at the result, there is something wrong, but we started the game well and could have finished it. The guys tackled the game well.”
De Sciglio’s injury ended up to be costly. Udinese took advantage of Milan playing with a man down when the young wingback went out of play with his injury.
Montella said his team’s decision to start play with De Sciglio out cost them a goal as they were out of position. However, Montella said his hope is that this experience can contribute to the team’s growth.
“We conceded then, a basic goal, and we were particularly daft to concede a goal while being down a man,” Montella said. “We started an action wanting to play with a man down and in fact, the goal came from that side. I hope that this will serve for the growth of the team. Besides having suffered the damage of [Rodrigo] De Paul’s foul, we suffered unluckiness. But, its a part of football.”
Montella also made comments about forward Carlos Bacca. The Italian manager said he needs effort from both Bacca and the rest of the team to make their style of play work.
“I am the coach and have to understand Bacca before speaking publicly,” Montella said. “Perhaps he limits our play to playing more narrowly: we are like this, he [Bacca] is like this and so, there must be an effort from both sides.”
Milan midfielder, Manuel Locatelli has been the center of attention for his red card against Juventus in Coppa Italia action midweek. However, Montella expressed his belief in the player. He said all players make mistakes and learn from them. Montella also said he feels that there is no need to fix the midfield as they have more than enough.
“In regards to Locatelli, I know he’s present and ready,” Montella said. “The greats make mistakes and the younger players make mistakes. Then, you learn from your mistakes. These mistakes will serve him this purpose. We have nine midfielders in the team, and I don’t think there is a need to intervene there.”
Milan remains at 37 points and seventh place in the Serie A standings. Montella’s team will play Sampdoria next Sunday, Feb. 5 as Milan looks to bounce back from a three-game losing streak.