Mon­tella: Play­ers win, not tac­tics

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Mi­lan boss Vin­cenzo Mon­tella in­sists vic­to­ries are achieved “by the play­ers’ qual­ity, the Coach’s skill and club’s ex­per­tise”, not tac­tics.

Mi­lan Pres­i­dent Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni re­cently ad­mit­ted he took is­sue with Mon­tella’s de­ci­sion to set the Ros­soneri up in a 4-3-3 for­ma­tion as he ar­gued a 4-3-1-2 tra­di­tion­ally suited the team.

“I don’t be­lieve tac­tics win you ti­tles or matches. Matches are won by play­ers’ qual­ity, the Coach’s skill and club’s ex­per­tise,” the Coach said at a Press con­fer­ence ahead of Satur­day’s match against Em­poli in Serie A.

“And since the Coach and play­ers have yet to show their abil­ity to win [tro­phies], while the Pres­i­dent and club won for 30 years, there’s max­i­mum lis­ten­ing on my part.

“The Pres­i­dent also said those things to me and, as Gal­liani said, the Pres­i­dent’s words were lis­tened to but not com­mented on.

“We play as if we have a No 10 any­way be­cause Suso is a 10 and Niang is a striker.

“Ro­mag­noli has re­cov­ered. Ber­to­lacci has been out for so many months, we wel­come him back with great plea­sure.

“Em­poli? I’ve watched many of their matches. They’re a team that are or­gan­ised de­fen­sively and able to play well.

“There are no tac­tics that will se­cure the three points. To win, we need qual­ity play­ers, a good Coach and ca­pa­ble man­age­ment.

“No Bacca? La­padula wants to be a pro­tag­o­nist. He’s fine, but for the char­ac­ter­is­tics of our op­po­nents, we may also play Luiz Adri­ano.

“De­spite Bacca’s ab­sence, we have some im­por­tant so­lu­tions.

“Play­ers af­fected by the takeover? If so, they’re not show­ing it, oth­er­wise they’re show­ing its ad­van­tages.

“The lads are fo­cused, we’re giv­ing a great show of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and de­sire to win, and that’s the most that can a Coach can ex­pect.”

Torino - Chievo

Torino will look to make it three wins in a row as they host Chievo on Satur­day, but might be with­out hitman An­drea Belotti.

The young Ital­ian scored a late brace last week­end to seal a win against Cro­tone, bring­ing his to­tal tally to 10 goals in 11 games and launch­ing Torino to sev­enth place. In­stead the Granata may have to rely on the ser­vices of ex-Chievo striker Maxi Lopez or Uruguayan tal­ent Lu­cas Boye.

Re­gard­less of who starts up front, Sin­isa Mi­ha­jlovic has cre­ated one of the most po­tent at­tacks in Serie A and ar­guably the most en­ter­tain­ing. At the core of this team lie three young Ital­ians, Belotti, Daniele Baselli, and Marco Be­nassi, whose play con­tin­ues to in­spire Az­zurri fans al­ways on the look-out for the next emerg­ing tal­ent.

The big man up front has be­gun to draw com­par­isons with Chris­tian Vieri and will be sorely missed if his flu-like symp­toms do not im­prove in time. The at­tack has been sup­ported by fab­u­lous wing play com­ing from Iago Falque and Adem Lja­jic, both of whom may have to step up on Satur­day to fill the goal-scor­ing void left by Belotti. Mi­ha­jlovic's men will be have to con­tinue form to break past the no­to­ri­ously stingy Chievo de­fence, who have vet­eran de­fender Dario Dainelli back.

Mas­simo Gobbi’s first goal in 100 games al­lowed Chievo to beat Cagliari last week­end, also leapfrog­ging them in the standings. Rolando Maran’s men had suf­fered two suc­ces­sive de­feats against Cro­tone and Ju­ven­tus, so that was a much-needed boost. The Fly­ing Don­keys don’t score of­ten, but when they do it proves cru­cial. Their lack­lus­ter at­tack will meet a con­fi­dent Joe Hart, who will un­doubt­edly take this as an op­por­tu­nity to notch his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive clean sheet and fourth of the year.

Last sea­son Chievo walked away with six points from their two matches against Torino thanks to goals from Val­ter Birsa and Lu­cas Castro. Birsa has fully re­cov­ered from his in­jury and could po­ten­tially pro­vide a cre­ative spark be­hind the strik­ers, while Castro will need to bring his A game against Miha’s well or­ga­nized mid­field.

While Sin­isa’s style has surely brought back some ex­cite­ment to the Olimpico, Torino’s back­line has been some­what medi­ocre, al­low­ing 16 goals (13 since Hart’s ar­rival). Nev­er­the­less, the stats seem to lineup in their fa­vor. Chievo are a team who strug­gle to score on their trav­els and Torino’s de­fence has been bet­ter at home.

While the Granata have given up a goal per game at home, they have faced teams with rel­a­tively strong at­tacks such as Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina and Cagliari which may skew the statis­tic. The match on Satur­day should prove to be an eas­ier task, as the team looks to demon­strate that they’re not re­liant on Belotti.

This game will see five exTorino play­ers re­turn - Birsa, Ric­cardo Meg­gior­ini, Vit­to­rio Pa­rig­ini, Ser­gio Pel­lissier and Ste­fano Sor­rentino.

AC Mi­lan’s coach Vin­cenzo Mon­tella

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