Monday November 21 2016
Berlusconi: 'Montella tactics wrong'

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi disagrees with Vincenzo Montella over team tactics.

The 80-year-old praised the Coach for securing a 2-2 draw with Inter in the Milan derby on Sunday evening, but also shared his opposing views on the forward line.

Berlusconi then went on to give details of the Chinese takeover, which he assured was going ahead as planned.

"We have valid assurances that will close on 13th [December]," the President told after the game. "We believe there are no obstacles in obtaining the authorisations that are needed by the Chinese State, and so we think it will happen on this set date."

"The Chinese have insisted that I remain in that role. I said I would not consider remaining as President in a club run by others. I was offered the honorary Presidency, without the election of an Executive President who is different from me.

"I think that such a situation could be implemented, but I should have the opportunity to intervene in matters relating to the transfer market and also to field questions. If these conditions are allowed, I'll try to accept the honorary Presidency.

"The derby ended with a fair result. It was too bad this was achieved in the last minute, because we hoped to be by ourselves in second place in the standings. We stand together with Roma. We did not play a bad game."

"I complimented [Montella] on second place, but we have some differences of opinion on tactics.

"I am convinced that the Milan pattern that has led us to have been the most successful team in the world for 30 years is the one with an attacking midfielder and two strikers.

"I insisted to Montella that this is the way forward, instead of deploying the role of two wingers."

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