Saturday February 23 2013
Berlusconi 'always respected Allegri'

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi arrived at the training ground in his helicopter to assure “respect for Massimiliano Allegri even during the tough times.”

The patron has made a habit of flying in to Milanello the day before big games to talk up the troops and take some players aside to individually encourage them.

He had been critical of Coach Allegri during the early months of the campaign, but stood by him and was elated by the 2-0 Champions League victory over Barcelona.

“After the departure of some top players, it was difficult to put together a team that would be competitive from the start,” explained Berlusconi.

“It took us eight rounds to get settled. The media immediately put Allegri’s position in doubt, but the Coach can confirm our rapport has always been friendly.

“We had telephone calls before the games, but always with great reciprocal respect, even during the tough times.

“Milan have recovered unity and there are no elements of worry in the locker room. Without those first eight games, we’d be top of the Serie A table.”

Berlusconi was at Milanello to prepare the side for tomorrow night’s Derby della Madonnina against Inter.

“Tomorrow will be an important game for many different reasons. We hope to continue this positive streak.”

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