November 25th, 2013
Former Inter Milan player, Mario Balotelli brushed aside all of the rumors concerning him with a move away from Serie A as Chelsea has already showed interest in signing Balotelli but the 23 years old striker is more concentrated in making appearances with Ac.Milan and get them to the top.
“I have always said that I do not watch out for the distant future,” he told Sky Italia.
“I am thinking about doing well against Genoa [at the weekend] and not about the market in either January or May. I am happy at Milan and I am happy to be here.”
The head coach of Chelsea, Jose Mourinho wants to add more attacking options for his team and Balotelli is a priority on his list alongside As.Monaco’s Falcao. Mourinho and Balotelli worked together in Inter Milan and the Portuguese tactician was a fan of the playing style of the Italian player.
Ac.Milan is going through hardship as Massimiliano Allegri cannot get positive results in Serie A and if things do not change in the next few matches, there is a big possibility that he will be sacked and replaced as the pressure keeps on building up for the former Catania coach.
Even with the recent arrival of Ricardo Kaka, Ac.Milan still struggle to get themselves into the higher spots of Serie A. Out of their 6 last matches in the league they have only won 1 match which was against Udinese back in October which sees the Italian titans sitting in the 10th spot of the Italian league.
Ever since they offloaded Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG they started going on a downhill ride with none of their players being able to fill in the boots of the Brazilian defender or the Swedish forward as they failed on signing anyone up to the same caliber as them.
September 30th, 2013
Pressure on the Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri increased after the 3-3 draw with Bologna during the weekend. As a result of this result, Milan have only two victories in the last five matches. They have taken just five points from the opening five matches of the season, which sees them in the 12th place of the table. Allegri’s future was under a lot of doubt even after getting the team into the top three last season, and the speculation has increased even more after this very poor start to the campaign. Allegri, though, said that he was happy with the performance of his players after the Bologna match.
Even though they opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Poli, Milan were down 3-1 just after the hour mark. They would have been easily defeated in the match had it not been for the late goals. Robinho scored in the 89th minute to make the score line 3-2, while Abate’s injury time goal gave Milan at least a point from the match. They will be playing against top opposition like Ajax in the next few matches. Their only victories in the last five matches have come against Celtic and Cagliari.
The next league match will be against Sampdoria at the San Siro, and three points is a must if Allegri is to remain in the job.
“We knew it was going to be a tough season and to make it into the top three will be very difficult. But by Christmas we will be in much better condition in terms of form and league position. Other teams have started well and we have dropped a few points. But the side is improving and I have complete faith in the players. We can’t rely on individuals,” said Allegri, who was without the suspended Mario Balotelli for the match.
July 29th, 2013
AC Milan defender Luca Antonini has said that the club should not miss out on the qualification for the Champions League next season. Milan made the most incredible recovery seen in the Italian league in recent years to finish in the top three last season. They were in the bottom half of the table by Christmas, but they completed a stunning turnaround to finish in the third place by the end of the season. Antonini has said that he does not want a repeat of the same, as he wants Milan to comfortably qualify for the Champions League every season.
Milan are one of the prestigious clubs in this competition, as they have won this trophy an incredible seven times in their history. This is only second best to Real Madrid, who have a record nine trophies. Further, being in the Champions league also helps the club to sustain the massive wages since it provides more than £ 30 million in revenue alone. Progressing further in the knockout stages of the competition helps club’s earn more money. Antonini has also said that he wanted dreams of winning this prestigious European competition and also the Italian Serie A title as well.
After a lot of discussions about his future, Massimiliano Allegri looks set to stay with Milan.
“We are preparing for the play-offs of the Champions League because without Milan there is no Champions League. We are concentrated on working to achieve the important objective of qualifying for the Champions League. Milan’s objective must always be to reach the top, to obtain the best result possible, so first we are determined to get beyond the hurdle of the Champions League play-off, then we’ll see,” said the defender.
Milan have made a couple of signings in the transfer market, but they are yet to spend huge money.