Wednesday March 28 2012
Galliani: 'Artificial turf at San Siro'

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani feels “Barcelona are afraid of Milan,” but reveals plans to revamp the San Siro turf with an artificial base.

“It’s a good result, especially considering all the injuries we had and that quite a few players weren’t in good shape, like Alessandro Nesta, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Robinho,” he said after the 0-0 first leg Champions League quarter-final.

“Barcelona started out very tense, as they are afraid of Milan too, I think. We were unlucky in the draw, but Barça could say the same.

“The team battled, showing determination and grit. I particularly appreciated Luca Antonini’s performance.”

Pep Guardiola complained about the state of the pitch, which despite being continually re-laid is choppy and can cause an irregular bounce of the ball.

“We’ve got to change the pitch, installing a hybrid surface with a synthetic base and natural grass on top,” explained Galliani.

“We hope to reach an agreement with Inter, as we’ve already set this up at the Milanello training ground. At the end of the season, if we agree on it, then it can be installed in two months. I will work hard to make this new turf happen.”