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Montella, Milan and meat-free diets

Plants have been blamed for Milan’s recent form. Plants.

Udinese Calcio v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images

Of all things that could be possibly blamed for AC Milan’s recent on-the-pitch woes, a plant-based diet has become the main culprit. Milan are currently rolling ahead following a four game winless streak and people are looking to point the finger.

For whatever reason, it was assumed that a vegan diet implemented by Montella at Milanello was causing humongous issues between the AC Milan team.

Goal had a focus on the story:

A report in La Repubblica claimed the outlawing of red meat and fish at Milan's training ground had created discontent. Despite a solid start to the campaign, a run of four matches in all competitions without a win – the most recent three of which have been defeats – has seen the pressure on Montella mount. However, the Milan coach insists players are provided with poultry at the training ground and are free to eat steak outside of their working hours.

"I read the article and it was interesting. There are some inconsistencies. We do not have a vegan diet, we eat turkey," said Montella ahead of Sunday's Serie A match against Sampdoria.

"The players I have at Milanello are my responsibility. We must always be on top, because we are professional, and even in your diet you have to be.

I’m actually a bit upset that Montella hasn’t pushed ahead with this diet, but this comment shows him to be quite the man of discipline. Go you, Vincenzo.