Saturday October 22 2016
Galliani: 'Milan teenagers decisive'

Adriano Galliani said Milan’s win over Juventus proves their focus on Italian youth has paid off and revealed a Sulley Muntari treat.

It was a victory decided by 18-year-old midfielder Manuel Locatelli and the last-gasp save of 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The CEO spoke to Milan TV and joked about the incident where Donnarumma was kicked in the head by Miralem Pjanic.

“I went to hug Gigio after the final whistle, but didn’t realise he was bleeding and stained my jacket. I don’t want to become blasphemous, but the blood of Gigio is important!

“I am feeling immense joy. I spoke to the President just now and he is also very happy. We’ve picked up 16 points in the last six rounds, it’s something incredible, absolutely stratospheric.

“It is incredible that we won because of a player born in 1998 and another born in 1999. Gigio’s save at the end reminded me of Christian Abbiati’s at Perugia (to win the Scudetto).

“My blood was turning to ice as Sami Khedira hit the ball, then Gigio came to the rescue. Nobody else in Europe plays with a 17-year-old goalkeeper and 18-year-old midfield playmaker.

“This goes to prove we’ve done good work with our youth academy. Alessio Romagnoli is actually a bit old in there, he’s 21! I think Gabriel Paletta’s presence is under-rated, as he is fundamental in bringing his experience and positive example to help Romagnoli learn.

“Romagnoli was perfect tonight, I’m sure he will be the first choice centre-back for Italy over the next 10 years, when the current Juventus defenders end their careers.”

Miralem Pjanic’s goal was disallowed in controversial circumstances, but ironically Muntari – whose header famously crossed the line in this fixture and wasn’t spotted in 2012 – was at the stadium.

“Muntari went into our locker room and spoke to me tonight, but I won’t tell you what he said!” grinned Galliani.

“Juventus are a great team, clearly the strongest in Italy despite the fact we’re two points behind them. It is fantastic to have won. The fact they lost here to Milan and Inter is perhaps a sign that the old city is lifting its head again.”

There was also a cryptic comment when asked about locker room tension.

“At this moment everything is going great, there are no problems. The type of person we’ve got in there has changed a lot from last season.”