Vincenzo Montella is happy with the win over Sampdoria and explained his decision to start Gianluca Lapadula over Carlos Bacca – who scored the winner.
It wasn’t a great performance by Milan but they managed to take advantage of a mistake in the Sampdoria defense in the 85′ minute as Suso stole the ball and passed it to Bacca, who beat Viviano.
Carlos started the match on the bench as coach Montella preferred to play Gianluca Lapadula over him. The Italian worked a lot but couldn’t get Milan on the scoreboard so the Colombian was subbed in with 25 minutes to play and gave the Rossoneri the win.
Sampdoria were better than the Rossoneri for large portions of the match and came close to scoring numerous times through Luis Muriel and others. But Montella – who claimed earlier this week that this squad needs to be supported publicly – chose to highlight the positives of the match and left the bad pitch of the Ferraris pleased with the overall showing, but mostly pleased with the three points.
“I liked the performance,” Montella said to Sport Mediaset. “In the first half Samp did more but we conceded little. In the second half there was more of a fluidity of play for us. Any side could have won but I think in the second half Milan did more to win. It’s a difficult and precious victory.
“The refereeing (Milan had 2 penalty shouts that were not given by referee Massimiliano Irrati while Sampdoria had a disallowed goal that perhaps should have counted)? There are episodes that need to be reviewed but never mind… The welcoming at the Marassi (some Samp fans protested against Montella)? There were some applause and some whistles. But I’ve heard more applause.
“The strategies of the game are sometimes successful and sometimes not. We knew that Sampdoria are a very organized team but we saw that in the second half they had a drop. We had the strength to get up with greater courage. Bacca? Everything is under control and there’s harmony.
“There was a normal rotation, we have three games in a week. Bacca had a big impact on the game and he entered with enthusiasm. Lapadula sacrificed himself throughout the match. If Bacca-Lapadula can play together in this Milan? It depends on the evolution of the team.
“Gianluca can play as a second striker but it depends on the growth of the group. On paper, they can play together. Manuel Locatelli (replaced Jose Sosa in the 57′ minute)? He’s fine physically. He had a good impact, even if he was a bit naïve in certain moments. In training he shows good things.”
“It was important to win but also to demonstrate a certain attitude,” Vincenzo told Milan TV. “In the second half we did better and deserved to win against a good team. The team wanted to win and it showed that despite the suffering and sacrifice, it could win. The boys will remember it.
“Bacca? He did well off the bench just like in other occasions he did well from the start. It was a rotation and my goal is to play as many players as possible. Lazio? We’ll try to prepare the best we can from tomorrow (Milan-Lazio is a midweek fixture which takes place on Tuesday at 20:45 CET).”
Speaking to Sky and in a press conference, Montella added: “The performance? It was a very difficult match and we knew it would, congratulations to Samp. The team played with pride and in the second half I think Milan deserved the victory. There is very little time to think about the upcoming matches.
“The team should be proud but should remember what they did to win the game. M’Baye Niang (who returned for this game from a one-match suspension)? He gives us depth and physicality. He’s a player who’s grown a lot in terms of concentration. I’m happy about his approach to want to grow.
“The goal of Bacca? A great goal, great movement. I’m glad I played with Lapadula who had a good performance and I’m happy for Bacca who entered the pitch with the right determination. There is satisfaction in having players that come off the bench and can win games.”
“When you win it’s easier to work, the boys showed personality and character. This is the basis we must work on. When things are not going as you expect and you win it’s even more satisfying.”
Source: RossoneriBlog – News