Montella: Milan sale ‘distracted’ us

Vincenzo Montella

Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has admitted that the club's recent change of ownership has distracted the players, leading to poor performances on the pitch.

The Serie A side’s sale to a Chinese consortium was completed last month, but the Serie A side have not recorded a win since the deal went through.

Milan drew against arch-rivals Inter before losing at home against 17th-placed Empoli. That was followed by a 1-1 draw at Crotone on Saturday.

“Inevitably, something happened on a mental level after the closing,” Montella told Corriere dello Sport.

“For the majority of the season everyone had guaranteed the maximum concentration, and this is also assured on the part of the new owners.

“What has happened, on an unconscious level, is no-one’s fault. There’s been a major change and we need to find a new balance. These are normal, inevitable situations."