I've been watching my funeral for a while! – Montella not feeling the heat

AC Milan was held to a dour 0-0 draw at AEK Athens on Thursday, but Vincenzo Montella seemed rather relaxed for a man under pressure.

AC Milam manager Vincenzo Montella insists the club's bosses have faith in him despite the side winning only one of its last seven games across all competitions.   -  Getty Images

Vincenzo Montella is adamant the AC Milan hierarchy have faith in him despite another underwhelming result in Thursday's 0-0 draw at AEK Athens, joking that he has watching his "funeral for a while".

Milan produced yet another disappointing display in Greece, struggling to take control of proceedings and rarely looking an attacking threat.

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A win would have secured its passage to the knockout phase, but that will now have to wait as it was held goalless, meaning it has picked up just one win in its last seven games across all competitions.

Yet, Montella was in a surprisingly laidback mood for someone reportedly under pressure.

"I've been watching my funeral for a while," he quipped to Sky Sport Italia. "It gives you a new perspective on things. All joking aside, the club has faith in me and we'll see.

"In all honesty, we need to work. I see the squad eager to work and there is quality there. A few weeks ago we created more, but allowed more in defence.

"Now we don't create as much, but also barely allow any chances for our opponents."

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Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci was also eager to defend Montella, surmising that it is the players who go out on the pitch, not the coach.

"We are the ones who step on to the field," he added. "It's not just the ideas of the coach. We need to get results to bring back the enthusiasm we had this summer.

"I see a lot of quality in this squad, but we lack a little bit of character and confidence to take more responsibility when the ball is at our feet."

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