Saturday February 15 2014
Galliani: 'Balo goal of the year!'

Adriano Galliani says Mario Balotelli scored “the goal of the year” and hopes Milan can beat Atletico Madrid.

The Rossoneri had put in a dire performance against Bologna on Friday evening until Balotelli’s extraordinary strike from 39 metres (43 yards) flew into the far top corner, clocked at 91 km/h (56 mph).

“I think this will be considered the goal of the year, as he did it without any run-up and put incredible power behind it,” CEO Galliani told Milan Channel.

“Balo is a great player and I will re-watch the footage of that marvellous goal all night. It was a difficult game and Christian Abbiati did very well, then we decided it with that pearl from Mario.

“Let’s not forget he scored 26 goals in 2013 and has everything to become a great champion. I see the fans are growing to appreciate Adel Taarabt, as they can always expect something from him.”

On Wednesday Milan will host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

“Atletico are losing a few games recently, but they are still top of the table and won their Champions League group, so it will be a difficult test. We hope to progress in the tournament.”

This week Coach Clarence Seedorf had dinner with Galliani and President Silvio Berlusconi to discuss strategy.

“We didn’t want to publicise the dinner, as it seemed normal for us three to get together. The President strongly wanted this Coach and we are all in harmony.”

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