Adriano Galliani stood up for Coach Massimiliano Allegri and Stephan El Shaarawy. “The Pharaoh kept us afloat for a long time.”
There were more reports today that Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has been critical of Allegri and is eager to replace the tactician at the end of the season, while there were also regular phone calls between the patron and his Coach.
“It’s good to talk...” smiled Galliani when asked about these conversations.
“Joking aside, it’s not possible that we are always being asked about Allegri. For him and all the players there is an appointment after the end of the season to discuss contracts and the future, once we secure a Champions League spot.”
Allegri has recently been dropping El Shaarawy, who is struggling for form and has scored only once since Mario Balotelli arrived.
“Stephan kept us afloat for a long time and without him we wouldn’t even be third right now. Balotelli has a remarkable goals to games ratio, as do El Shaarawy and Giampaolo Pazzini.
“At the age of 20, a player can have some dips in form, especially as even without the goal he continues to work for the team. He is a great champion and must continue like this.”
In the race for third, Milan welcome Roma on Sunday evening while Fiorentina host Palermo in the lunchtime kick-off.
“I think this is the first match ball and we hope to get it in first time.”
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