The AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has said that he is extremely confident that the club can be rejuvenated following the departure of many older players in the summer. AC Milan have always been criticised for having a number of players over the age of 30, who were still playing an important role in the team. However, this summer has seen a lot of changes at the San Siro with a number of key players like Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi leaving the club. Coupled with these players, the club has also lost the influential players like Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
There has been a lot of criticism from the AC Milan fans over the lack of responsibility by the club to replace the players who have eventually been sold or released from their contracts. As a result, there has been a significant drop in the season ticket sales. However, the manager Massimiliano Allegri expects the fans to understand the reasons behind the changes at the club. AC Milan have been suffering a lot of problems financially and they needed to sell some of their best players in order to balance the books. The UEFA financial fair play regulations has come into effect recently.
“We needed a generational change. It might not be nice, but that is how life goes. Carlo Ancelotti [Milan’s former manager] was fortunate to boss people like Gennaro Gattuso, Pippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf at the peak of their careers. I too would have liked them in my squad when they were seven years younger. It takes courage to make the painful decisions that Milan made,” said Massimiliano Allegri. Milan were defeated in the opening match of the season against Sampdoria, but they recovered sufficiently to beat Bologna 3-1 in the second match of the season.
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Real Madrid has defeated AC Milan by 5-0 in a pre season friendly match at Yankee Stadium. The Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored two goals for Real Madrid in the match. The Brazilian midfielder, Kaka, also played brilliantly in the match and he assisted in three goals. This match has exposed the weaknesses in the defense of AC Milan. The defenders of Milan struggled throughout the match and the Real Madrid players kept taking advantage of the weak Milan defense.
Angel De Maria scored the first goal for Madrid in the 24th minute of the match. He put the ball in the goal post with a fantastic volley from the distance of 25 yards. That was a wonderful goal. But, Robinho scored the leveler for Milan in the 33rd minute. At the end of the first half, both the teams were leveled at 1-1. But, in the second half, the Madrid players were on fire. Ronaldo took Madrid ahead by scoring his first goal of the match in the 49th minute. He made the score 3-1 by capitalizing on a brilliant pass from Kaka in the 66th minute. The Madrid players kept on attacking and Sergio Ramos scored the fourth goal for the team in the 81st minute by a fantastic header. The Milan players almost gave up after that. Right before the end of the match, Jose Callejon scored another goal for Madrid to make the score 5-1.
Kaka came to play as a substitute in the 62nd minute of the match, but, he showed brilliant form. The manager of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho, looked delighted with the performance of his team in the match. After the match, he said that it was wonderful to see Ronaldo and Kaka playing in such fine form right before the start of the season. Both of them are very important for the team and hopefully, they would continue their good form throughout the season.
AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes has said that he is hopeful that the club will be able to challenge for the top honours, despite the departure of players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in the transfer window. AC Milan decided to sell the duo after they received a mind-boggling offer of £ 55 million from the French club PSG. This substantial offer coupled with the huge financial difficulties experienced by the Italian club led to the sale of the two players. Now, they are in the state of the building with the transfer fee received from the sale.
The AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes, who joined the club a few seasons ago from Roma, has said that he is hopeful that the club can challenge for top honours despite the departure of these players. There has been a lot of pessimism surrounding the San Siro in recent weeks after the departure of these two players, with many fans staging a protest about the decline of the team. It was only a season ago that AC Milan were extremely high after having lifted the Italian Serie A title after a gap of many seasons. Philippe Mexes believes that AC Milan will be able to replace these players due to their expertise in the transfer window.
“We have lost two great players, but the important thing now is to think of all the games awaiting us. We must again prove that we are Milan, a competitive Milan. In pre-season, you need to work so much; we must put ourselves in a position to be ready for the new season. I had a month off after the Euros and I have to be at my best before the start of the championship. I have to give my all, like all my team-mates,” said the defender.
Italian club AC Milan have rejected a world-record offer for a defender. The club’s owner Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that he has rejected a € 46 million offer for defender Thiago Silva from French club PSG. The French club Paris St Germain have made it no secret that they have vast resources available to the manager Carlo Ancelotti in the summer transfer window. They have been pursuing a number of high-profile targets including Real Madrid midfielder Kaka. Thiago Silva has been a long-standing target for Carlo Ancelotti even when he was the Chelsea manager.
Silvio Berlusconi now has revealed that the club has turned down the opportunity to sell the 27-year-old defender for a world record fee of € 46 million. The current world record fee for a defender stands at € 33 million that Manchester United paid more than 10 years ago for Rio Ferdinand. Thiago Silva is currently on a contract that runs until 2016, while he is one of the relatively low paid players at the club. His contract pays him around only € 3.5 million. He can surely expect the figure to double if he joins Paris St Germain, but Silvio Berlusconi has also revealed that the club will offer a new contract for the defender.
“We had no intention of selling Silva. Thiago Silva is a great man and we can find an easy solution. We hope to have the best defence next season. They made us a very interesting offer, close to €46m. We considered the possibility (to sell) and we looked at the central defenders that could replace Thiago Silva but we haven’t found an adequate player. The old heart of Silvio Berlusconi has allowed us to reject this offer,” said Berlusconi. Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo has said that he is extremely disappointed with the outcome.
AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has said that his team will have to perform extra special in order to retain the title. AC Milan are looking to win back-to-back Italian Serie A titles after a long time. However, Juventus are currently leading the table by three points with only four matches remaining in the season. Further, AC Milan have tough match against Inter Milan in the remaining four matches. Due to this situation, it now looks possible that AC Milan will miss out on the title that they won after a long time, while Juventus will be able to claim the title for the first time since 2006.
Juventus are currently unbeaten in the league – a record that is shared by the AC Milan side of many years ago. The 44-year-old Massimiliano Allegri has been able to lead AC Milan to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and has also brought them extremely close to winning the title. However, in order to realise the dream of actually winning the title, they need to perform extraordinarily well in the remaining few matches of the season according to the manager. Juventus have been able to win seven straight matches, while AC Milan have just three victories in their last nine matches.
“Looking at how Juve are playing it’s hard to see them losing points. However, in football the psychological situation can change at any moment and so we have to win at Siena. They are a team that have played some good football and have played intensely with their best characteristics. We have to play with the utmost concentration and sacrifice and we mustn’t allow them too much space. We can only hope that they’ll slow down,” Allegri said after the 1-0 win over Genoa. Kevin Prince Boetang scored late in the match to give AC Milan all three points.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has said that his club will be right behind AC Milan in the race for the Italian Serie A title. Leonardo Bonucci has also said that Juventus will be able to take advantage of any slipup from AC Milan in the title race. The business end of the season has been approaching in Italy for quite some time now. Juventus have managed to stay in touch with AC Milan at the top of the table, although they have lost a few points recently.
AC Milan have been quite spectacular this season and have been the strongest team in the division. However, Leonardo Bonucci reckons that Juventus will be able to take advantage of any slipups that AC Milan might have over the next few matches due to the intense pressure.
Juventus and AC Milan recently played out a 2-2 draw at Turin. It was a draw that helped Juventus see off the threat from AC Milan for the Coppa Italia final. After the draw, Bonucci said that Juventus are more than a match for AC Milan in the league. Further, given that AC Milan have commitments in the Champions League – where they will be facing Barcelona in the quarter-finals – Juventus are the best placed team for winning the league title this season, ahead of Simon Kjaer‘s Roma.
“I am very happy to qualify for the [cup] final. In the four games that we have played against Milan, we have shown that we can keep up with them head-to-head. After all, we beat them twice and drew twice. This must give us strength and belief in our abilities. If Milan make a mistake, we are right there,” the 24-year-old defender wrote on his blog on the official website of Juventus. The club are currently four points behind AC Milan in the table.
AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has said that Andrea Pirlo left the club in the summer in order to join Juventus because he felt that he needed a new challenge in life. Andrea Pirlo is one of the greatest midfielders for AC Milan in recent times. Andrea Pirlo started out as an attacking midfielder, a role in which he was not hugely successful at. His conversion into a deep lying playmaker was made during his days at AC Milan. Former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti was crucial to Andrea Pirlo in this respect. However, Andrea Pirlo did not want to finish his career at AC Milan because he wanted to experience a new challenge in life according to manager Massimiliano Allegri.
The current AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri was criticised a lot during the early part of the campaign over his decision to let Andrea Pirlo join Juventus. However, it has been proven in many matches so far that Massimiliano Allegri has taken the right decision with regard to Andrea Pirlo. The current AC Milan manager has worked a lot in order to reduce the average age of the AC Milan squad. Under Carlo Ancelotti, AC Milan became famous for extending the careers of players, which necessarily did not work out when it comes to trophies.
“He’s an amazing player and he’s doing very well at Juventus. Often in life after many years you need a change. In Turin he has found new motivation, which had decreased after 10 years at Milan. But there’s no discussing his quality,” Allegri said to RTL 102.5. AC Milan will be facing Juventus during the table topping clash on Saturday. Andrea Pirlo is expected to be fit for the match. Both teams are separated by just one point in the Italian Serie A table.
After pulling out of negotiations with Manchester city striker Carlos Tevez, AC Milan have announced that Italian striker Antonio Cassano is likely to return to training within the next few days. Antonio Cassano’s future at AC Milan was thrown into doubt after the Italian suffered a heart problem at the start of the season.
It has lead to hospitalisation and there are also rumours that AC Milan would sign Carlos Tevez in order to supplement the loss of the striker. AC Milan even sent their CEO in order to discuss a potential move for Carlos Tevez, but it was recently revealed that the two clubs could not reach a deal.
Now, AC Milan have been boosted by the news that their star striker Antonio Cassano is likely to resume training over the next few days. It has been quite clear that AC Milan are not prepared to take any chances on the future of Antonio Cassano, and as a result of it, extensive tests have been carried out on the status of the Italian. It seems that he has come out of these tests with flying colours, which has meant that he is now given the permission to resume training just as the crucial Champions League knockout stages will begin over the next few weeks.
“Milan would like to announce that during the course of this week, Antonio Cassano underwent neorological tests with the team of professor Nereo Bresolin and Yvan Torrente and cardiological tests with professor Mario Carminati. Both tests showed positive results, so Antonio Cassano will start progressive individual athletic training tomorrow [Saturday],” a club statement read. AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has said that he is hoping that he has the striker available for selection soon. AC Milan have also said that they will not be looking to sign another striker now.
Italian Serie A champions AC Milan are thought to be weighing up a transfer offer for Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba. The Italian champions could be without Antonio Cassano for six months after he underwent successful surgery on a minor heart defect. The Italian giants had also been linked with a move for blues outcast Nicholas Anelka. However, Milan’s vice president Gallini admits a move for Drogba is far more likely.
Gallini said: “If Cassano had not suffered this problem, we would not go to the market in the first place, but we will see. If he can recover quickly, we will not sign any striker in January. However, if we sign a player, it will only be on a loan basis, until June. If Anelka continues to score, we will see. He is an important player, but I was in love with Drogba when he was at Olympique Marseille.”
With Fernando Torres being first choice striker and stiff competition from youngsters Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku, while Salomon Kalou is another option for boss Andre Villas-Boas. With this vast array of striking quality at Chelsea the two have been struggling for game time and it is thought that both men may be looking to close the curtain on two successful careers at Chelsea.
With the uncertainty surrounding Anelka and Drogba AC Milan can obviously see a perfect replacement or temporary cover for their injured Cassano and should Drogba or Anelka continue to struggle at Chelsea it would seem they both would welcome a move away from Stamford Bridge.