Wednesday August 28 2013
Galliani: 'Allegri was joking!'

Adriano Galliani assured Max Allegri’s threat to resign was “a joke,” but confirmed he requested a centre-forward.

The Coach caused shockwaves after the 3-0 Champions League play-off win over PSV Eindhoven, noting he was tired of the criticism and might resign tomorrow morning.

“I can assure you it was a joke and he sent me here to inform you of that. Let’s not create controversy out of a joke,” the Vice-President told Mediaset Premium.

Allegri also clarified the situation on Sky Sport Italia later this evening. “Seeing as other people have fun making stuff up, I thought I’d have a go.”

Nonetheless, Galliani confessed this was a decisive moment for Milan and Allegri.

“It is evident this was clearly the most important game of the season. Tonight it was a turning point, gave sense to our great comeback which we earned two minutes from the end against Siena.

“I told the lads we couldn’t throw away something that we fought for from January to May. We were all very tense, but we did it and are in the group phase of the Champions League.”

Their transfer strategy also rested on qualification, as now Milan are expected to make a bid for Juventus striker Alessandro Matri.

“Our Coach has specifically asked for a centre-forward. Not a second striker, nor a midfielder or defender. If he’d had Giampaolo Pazzini at his disposal, then he wouldn’t have made that request.”

The fans protested against this strategy, as there were several banners in the stands at San Siro referencing the moves.

‘Matri, no thank you,’ read one. Another called for new defenders and midfielders rather than strikers.