Adriano Galliani stokes the fires of tomorrow night’s Juventus-Milan by insisting “our squad is not inferior to theirs. If it weren’t for that bad start...”
The two giants go head-to-head in Turin on Sunday evening, click here for a match preview. There is a 15-point gap between them in the Serie A table, but Vice-President Galliani sees it a different way.
“I would like to underline the 15-point gap has been steady after Week 8. That means for 24 rounds we have been picking up the same number of points as the Bianconeri,” Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Our squad is not inferior to theirs, as we have been on a par with them for three-quarters of the campaign. I’d say there is absolutely no quality gap that we must bridge.
“If next season Milan and Juve started with the same squads as today, you can be confident in the first eight games we wouldn’t fall 15 points behind.”
Galliani also explained away Milan’s disastrous start to the season and finishing behind Juventus last term by looking up more statistics.
“The competitive nature of a club can only be gauged over a long period. This is why I worked out an all-Italian ranking system that shows over the last five years Milan have had more points than anyone else.
“Tomorrow Juventus will try to win and so will well, as for the last two years we’ve been battling to the bitter end. Whatever the result with Juve, it remains a stratospheric 2013 for Milan and Max Allegri is maintaining his usual standards.”
There are continuing reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who Milan sold to PSG only a year ago – could be heading back to Serie A for Juventus.
“He is a great professional and it was a pity to let him go, but certain wages are not compatible with Milan. In any case, players are professionals and so I wouldn’t be irritated to see him with another club.”