Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani admits he couldn’t watch the last 20 minutes of last night’s Champions League tie against Arsenal.
The Rossoneri qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition, but only just after Arsenal responded to their 4-0 loss at San Siro with a 3-0 in London.
“We suffered a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot, but it ended well,” the Rossoneri official noted to Sky Sport Italia. “The suffering then stops and qualification remains.
“I suffered too and I opted against watching the last 20 minutes. After that Robin Van Persie chance I thought I was going to die, instead I’m fortunately alive.
“I decided to go and walk around the changing rooms, in front of the showers and just look at the clock impatiently until I was told that we had gone through.”
Arsenal went 3-0 up in the first half and it looked like Milan were about to suffer another spectacular European collapse after the painful memories of Deportivo La Coruna and Liverpool.
“We’ll evaluate what went wrong and also think about our tactics,” Galliani continued. “I saw the risk of being eliminated and the players made unusual mistakes.
“For now though qualification sees us in the last eight for the first time in five years, it will also help our European ranking which is important.”
Galliani praised Mark Van Bommel for his performance in the game. “He was a pillar for us,” he explained.
“It was a tough game for him as he was booked early on, but he did well. He was important out there and it is a shame he’ll be suspended for the next game.”
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