The current AC Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo gave an exclusive interview to Milan TV on Thursday and had plenty to say about the current Milan side and their expectations for this season. In addition, his relationship with the fans, what it means to be captain, and thoughts on new head coach Vincenzo Montella were discussed.
Montolivo on the squad’s current form:
“We are working well. We are not satisfied with the result against Napoli but at times we played good football and we must build on from this and on the win against Torino. During these training sessions we have worked to improve and to fix what we are doing wrong, although we haven’t had much time to work together because of the international break.”
Montolivo on Montella’s idea of football:
“We are here to do what the manager wants from us. He has a very modern idea of football, and it’s not easy to put it into action in such a short period of time. He wants us to play focusing on ball possession and dominating the game. We have already shown some of his ideas in these matches so I can say we’re on the right track.”
Montolivo speaks about the club’s relationship with the fans:
“Fans are very passionate about football, and they always want their team to win, especially if you’re talking about AC Milan, such a glorious club. Of course they are disappointed when the team doesn’t win but they must know we always give our best. Hopefully, this year we can make them happier than last season which was not positive for us since we didn’t make it into Europe.”
Montolivo on being the club captain:
“It’s a great responsibility. You must be a role model. And then you get to play at San Siro, the best stadium in the whole world. I still remember the Champions League nights, the derby, the big matches… It’s so invigorating to play there. The new arrivals will soon get the feeling. The fans are very demanding, but the players know this.”
The 31 year old international has been with the Rossonerri since the 2012 season where he arrived from Fiorentina on a free transfer. He was named club captain at the beginning of the 2014 season and has been known for his great leadership qualities on and off the field. While many have been critical of the center midfielder in the past two seasons, he still serves as a vital piece to Milan’s midfield as he displays excellent passing ability and vision. Montolivo made his Azzurri debut back in 2007 and has played for five different coaches since. His 63 appearances for the Azzurri under five different coaches prove that when healthy Montolivo can be a key piece in the heart of midfield.