Vincenzo Montella impressed by AC Milan's start to preseason

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AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella was encouraged by his side’s display during the 2-1 friendly win against Bordeaux, his first game in charge, but stressed there is still work to do.

Montella became Milan’s seventh coach since 2014 when he was appointed in June with the aim of improving on the Rossoneri‘s eighth, 10th and seventh placed finishes of the last three seasons.

“I am certainly happy — the lads showed their willingness to put the principles we worked on into practice,” he said to Sky Italia. “Fortunately, we can still get a lot better. The lads interpreted the game well in terms of attitude.

“It was our first match, so we still have to raise our tempo and the speed of our passing when we construct moves. But we are only at the start and there are some positive signs. The most important thing is that the team is showing enthusiasm and really participating in the process.

“They showed good spirit and we gave a good impression of Milan, so I think we can be satisfied.

“We have worked a lot with the ball in training. The secret is in the quality and the mental preparation of the players.”

The former Fiorentina and Sampdoria coach will be given the chance to see how his side is shaping up against strong opposition when they travel to the U.S to face Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Chelsea in the International Champions Cup.

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