Sunday November 24 2013
Galliani: 'Milan failure not a drama'

Milan general manager Adriano Galliani asked fans not to “make a drama” out of their probable failure to qualify for Europe.

Last night’s 1-1 draw with 10-man Genoa means the Rossoneri are without a Serie A win in five rounds, their worst streak since September 2007.

“Genoa’s only shot on target was a penalty and if Mario Balotelli had converted his spot-kick, we would’ve won the game,” insisted Galliani on Milan Channel.

“That was the key, then we attacked and attacked and attacked, but the ball would not go in. We have to look forward and the positive of the night was Kaka’s performance.”

The result wasn’t the only bad news for Milan, as Philippe Mexes pulled out in the warm-up with a left eye problem and Sulley Muntari limped off, ruling both out of the Champions League against Celtic on Tuesday.

“Muntari has a thigh strain and Mexes went to hospital for tests. It was very strange, as we can call it an eye infection. I don’t think he’ll be going to Glasgow on Monday either.”

Around 300 ultras blocked the San Siro exits with a protest after the final whistle, only allowing the team out after midnight when Kaka and Christian Abbiati met with them for a face-to-face confrontation.

With only 14 points from 13 Serie A games, Galliani is forced to admit Milan’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League are extremely slim.

“These seasons happen to everyone. People should remember the history of this club, as Silvio Berlusconi bought Milan from a bankruptcy tribunal.

“Napoli weren’t in the Champions League last year, Fiorentina are only in the Europa League this term and Inter finished ninth last season, but they are still there. It’s not as if the other clubs suddenly died when they had an off year.

“Milan have 115 years of history and a 116th will begin too. Bad years happen to everyone, let’s not make a drama out of it. Look at the Champions League trophies we won and the Finals we played. Even more recently, in the last three seasons we came first, second and third.

“We must raise our heads up and be proud of this Milan.”