NEWS
Sunday October 25 2015
Galliani: 'Diego Lopez must accept'

Milan's joint-CEO Adriano Galliani respects defeated Sassuolo, saying 'I understand their success,' and advises Diego Lopez to accept being benched.

The Rossoneri inched past Eusebio Di Francesco's team, but not without a struggle, as they only managed a last minute 2-1 against a 10-man team.

“I understand why Sassuolo have 15 points,” said Allegri after the match. “Well done to those who built the team and to their Coach.

“Now we must win against Chievo, so we can join the small group just ahead of us. We hadn't won since Udine and these three points were vital.”

Milan had several of their strikers unavailable as Jeremy Menez, Mario Balotelli and M'Baye Niang were in the stands.

“We have the bad luck of having all of our injuries in the same department. Luiz Adriano? He's always scored headers, but it's hard when you don't get any crosses. He won us two games.

“As for [Alessio] Cerci, he did very well, I'd already seen him in training yesterday. He was competing for a spot against [Keisuke] Honda.

“I see [Andrea] Bertolacci developing very well. [President Silvio] Berlusconi asked him if he was the same player who scored against us last year, but he can't have forgotten how to play football and he'll be very important.”

Finally, Galliani touched on the much-discussed inclusion of Gianluigi Donnarumma in place of Diego Lopez.

“That of the goalkeeper is a role like any other. The Coach has the right and the duty of fielding the one he thinks to be in the best condition.

“We have complete trust in Diego Lopez. He may be a bit down, but he must respect the Coach's decision.”