AC Milan president talks about importance of Champions League football

AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has talked up the importance of Champions League qualification for the Rossoneri in order to ease the economic situation around the club. The San Siro outfit had been guilty of breaking the Financial Fair Play regulations during the previous campaign but they escaped with a hefty fine rather than a European ban on appeal.

Still, there are no assurances that the team will get a similar favour from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the future and Scaroni remains hopeful that the club can maintain the stability with progress to the Champions League next term. However, the Rossoneri chief added that he won’t create drama, should the team fail to meet the requirements for the campaign.

He said: “Only the Champions League can allow Milan to achieve economic results that, consequently, lead to sporting results. In the medium term, Milan must stay there. I wouldn’t make it a drama [if they failed to qualify], but it would certainly be a nice goal to achieve, otherwise it will be for next year. We always have medium-term targets.”

Meanwhile, Scaroni acknowledged that wide fanbase for the Milan giants but stated that the support has more to do with their Champions League success in the past rather than on their domestic honours, he added: “Milan is by far the Italian club with the most fans around the world. The number of fans is proportionate to the Champions League victories a club has, it has nothing to do with the Scudetto.”

Milan are currently fourth on the league table with 38 points following their 3-0 triumph over Cagliari at home. Still, they cannot afford any slip-ups during the forthcoming matches, given Roma, Lazio and Atalanta, whom they face next on the road, are just one point behind them in the race for the final Champions League spot.