Mon­tella tells Bonucci that he must do bet­ter

Sport360 - - Football Ligue 1 - By Justin Davis @justin­davis70

AC Mi­lan coach Vin­cenzo Mon­tella wants cap­tain Leonardo Bonucci to im­prove his lead­er­ship skills.

Mon­tella’s side, who take on Roma to­mor­row, fell to their sec­ond de­feat of the Serie A cam­paign against Sam­p­do­ria last week­end with fit­ness coach Emanuele Mara get­ting the boot in the fall­out.

The northen­ers then strug­gled to a last-gasp 3-2 win over Croa­t­ian’s Ri­jeka in Europa League ac­tion at the San Siro on Thurs­day, af­ter throw­ing away a two-goal lead.

“I was a lit­tle fired up with Leonardo Bonucci, as he is the cap­tain and should set the ex­am­ple on how to con­trol a lead, but it was an af­fec­tion­ate telling off,” said Mon­tella.

“We’ve got to grow in the way we han­dle games. This was a valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – you have to con­trol a match at the 70th minute.

“We must im­prove our defensive or­gan­i­sa­tion as we have per­haps strug­gled a lit­tle in terms of tem­per­a­ment un­der the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion.”

Mon­tella him­self has been in the firing line and was hauled in for a meet­ing with club di­rec­tors Mas­si­m­il­iano Mirabelli and Marco Fas­sone ear­lier in the week.

“Mirabelli and Fas­sone have sup­ported me. They’re help­ing me,” in­sisted Mon­tella.

Mean­while, re­ports have claimed Mi­lan’s Chinese owner Yonghong Li, whose con­sor­tium pur­chased Mi­lan from Sil­vio Burle­sconi in the sum­mer for ¤740m, is look­ing for one or more in­vestors to share the fi­nan­cial bur­den of own­ing the club.

Un­der fire: Leonardo Bonucci.

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