Galliani denies Milan were in crisis
Sunday, 21 September 2008

AFP, ROME - AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani denied on Saturday that his club was ever in crisis, despite losing their opening two Serie A games of the season.

Pressure had been mounting on Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti following failure to qualify for the Champions League this season and then the two league defeats to open this campaign.
But that was eased a little by Thursday's 3-1 UEFA Cup victory at home to FC Zurich and now Galliani is claiming the club was never in turmoil.
"There was never any issue between the management, the players and the coach," he told Milan's own TV station, adding that there were no internal misunderstandings despite being "massacred" in the press.
The Italian press has been wildly speculating about possible problems within the camp, even suggesting that coach and management were not agreed on the summer transfer policy, in particular the signing of striker Marco Borriello from Genoa.
"That's a ridiculous rumour that some players were chosen by Ancelotti and others by the club," he said.
"All the players, exceptional, average and good, were purchased with the agreement of the coach.
"There were no disagreements, in the end if everyone was not agreed, the acquisitions couldn't have gone through."
Galliani also denied that Borriello was a management rather than coach's choice.
"He was wanted by everyone here at Milan. He had the right characteristics for our style of play and to compliment his team-mates."
Milan host early league leaders Lazio in Sunday's evening match and the visitors are feeling confident ahead of the trip north.
"We're going to Milan in good shape to play a team that probably didn't expect to start the match behind us in the league," said Lazio boss Delio Rossi.
"But we can't go there to be sacrificial lambs or to be part of the solution to Milan's problems.
"I'm sure tomorrow (Sunday) will be a match between two top level teams and I'm looking forward to see how we react."

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