Wednesday March 7 2012
Galliani on 'historic' Abbiati save

Adriano Galliani has spoken of what went through his mind after Christian Abbiati’s point-blank save from Robin Van Persie on Tuesday night.

With the Champions League second leg clash between Arsenal and Milan poised at 4-3 in favour of the Italians, Abbiati pulled off a reflex save to deny Van Persie what would have been a tie-equalising goal.

Galliani, who admitted to hiding in the dressing rooms for the final 20 minutes of the game due to nerves, praised Abbiati’s save and has suggested that it is one of his best.

“I now spend more of my time in the dressing room than in the stands,” Galliani joked to Milan Channel on Wednesday.

“There [on Tuesday] I recalled the movie of my 26 years at Milan. What crossed my mind was not the comeback suffered in Istanbul, nor that of Deportivo La Coruna, but three saves from Abbiati.

“The one to deny [Perugia’s Cristian] Bucchi that was decisive for the Scudetto in 1999, the one off the calf against [Mohamed Kallon of] Inter in the Champions League semi-final in 2003 and then this one against Van Persie.

“These three saves will remain in the history of our club.”

Galliani also reflected on the importance of yesterday’s result.

“I’m still in shock about what happened last night. But I’m also very happy. If we were eliminated then it could have had a great repercussion for our League championship.

“For the 12th time [during Silvio Berlusconi’s time as President] we have reached the last eight in Europe and this shows how great Milan have been under Mr Berlusconi.

“It is not Europe without Milan. I’m convinced that Milan should always be among the best eight teams in Europe.”