Montella: “This is a team with a soul, heart and balls”

By Oliver Fisher -

Vincenzo Montella said AC Milan’s 1-0 win at Bologna showed “soul, heart and balls” as they snuck a late winner with nine men.

The Rossoneri were down to nine men before the hour mark as Gabriel Paletta and Juraj Kucka both received second yellow cards.

Deulofeu was the star however as his mazy run in the 89th minute set up Mario Pasalic who tapped in to steal the points for Vincenzo Montella’s men.

“It was difficult to hold in emotions after a game like this. It’s a great victory that is worth more than three points, as it proves this is a team with a soul, heart and balls too,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We needed this to show ourselves that this spirit was within us and it was a victory earned with sheer determination.

“Naturally during the season there are peaks and troughs, but our biggest problem was a lot of injuries and defeats in quick succession, freakish defeats, because the one with Udinese you lose once a year.

“Those results made it look as if Milan were losing their way, but we absolutely were not. The results were bad, not the performances.

“I told the lads at half-time that this was a game that needed to be a turning point and it’s what I saw. I’d seen teams down to 10 men turn games around, but winning with nine men was even more extraordinary.

“I want to compliment Andrea Poli, as in a moment of great difficulty he was absolutely essential today and helped out every single teammate.

“He had an injury too, so we were basically down to eight and a half men, but he worked so hard and I wanted to single him out for praise.”

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