Montella tells Bonucci that he must do better
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.