Victory over Roma would silence Vincenzo Montella doubters at AC Milan

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Rijeka fought back late at the San Siro, but Patrick Cutrone’s stoppage-time goal led Milan to victory in the Europa League.

It seems strange to suggest that a game in October is so crucial for AC Milan, but that’s what faces them this weekend when they host Roma at the San Siro. Vincenzo Montella is coming under pressure very early this season, and both the Milan boss and his players must step up and silence the doubters.

Ten wins in 12 games in all competitions so far this season, including Europa League qualifiers, would suggest that Montella is doing a stellar job. However, it doesn’t tell the whole story as the level of opposition must be taken into account.

The Rossoneri have cantered to comfortable wins over the likes of Shkendija and Austria Wien, and at times they’ve looked very impressive. Having had to integrate 11 new players over the summer in a rebuilt squad with high expectations, it was never going to be easy.

However, when the opposition has stepped up, notably in trips to Lazio and Sampdoria, Milan haven’t been able to match them, and in turn it has raised serious questions about Montella’s ability to coach this side to success, and about the players who have disappointed and must share the blame.

Looking deeper into the results, Milan only just scraped through with a win over Rijeka on Thursday night, needed two penalties to see off SPAL and had Suso to thank for a moment of magic in the win over Cagliari.

Many supporters still believe that Montella is the man to take the club forward, and these problems were to be expected with such a dramatically changed side early in the campaign. However, others argue that they’ve already seen enough struggles to determine that Milan won’t get to where they want to be with him at the helm.

His situation wasn’t helped with Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking this week by Bayern Munich, as…

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