Wednesday October 7 2015
Simone: 'Milan all money, no ideas'

Former Milan star Marco Simone blamed Silvio Berlusconi for their struggle. “He used to have ideas, now just money.”

The Rossoneri failed to qualify for Europe for two years running and currently have just nine points from seven Serie A rounds.

“I always follow Milan and it hurts me to see them like this,” ex-striker Simone told Tuttomercatoweb.

“It would be banal to analyse Milan for their results. The ream problems are at the top and I’m not talking about the budget.

“I was fortunate enough to know a President who had an important budget, but above all had ideas. I get the impression these ideas have gone.

“If they went back to organising their ideas into a project, then the team would easily get back to the top of the table. If you spend five or six years thinking you can fix the problem with more money, then the problem will remain.

“We see that the club is trying to just buy some big name players to act as a smokescreen for media and fans. The great Milan of the past always worked with specific ideas and on top of that had an important budget.”

Ultras have been protesting for years and specifically demand CEO Adriano Galliani be removed from his post.

“It’s hard to say whether it’s time to change. I didn’t understand why they let Ariedo Braida go,” continued Simone, who scored 75 goals in 260 games for the club.

“I think Galliani and Berlusconi want to challenge themselves all over again and start from scratch, but they’ve forgotten how they built that winning Milan. Now they’re trying to rush things to build something with money, but it’s pointless because on an economic level Milan cannot compete with Real Madrid or Manchester City.”
Simone is now a Coach in France for Ligue 2 side Tours and, like Stephan El Shaarawy, spent some of his playing career at Monaco.

“I have always told players coming into France the same thing: don’t think it’s inferior, because the League here is fast, technical and physical. If you’re not mentally prepared, you will struggle.

“The problem is that the Italians have difficulty with the pace and aggression of football outside of Italy. They can do it in the games that really matter, like the Champions League, but during the season they lack something in terms of approach.

“I do believe El Shaarawy has everything it takes to do well in France, because he is tactically intelligent and knows how to move. He mustn’t underestimate Ligue 1, though.”

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