POINT CLOSED ON ANCELOTTI
9/19/2005 1:05:00 PM
With all due respect to the goals scored by Bonazzoli and Tonetto, Milan’s life has not changed that much. There have been victories and defeats in the past and the club have been at the top of the world game for the past nineteen years. In fact, Milan have been the most successful Italian side in Europe for the last three seasons. Just at the moment, despite some attractive football, the ball is not going in as it was there for all to see in Genoa. Milan are also a club that have opened its communications, making itself available for interviews and will continue to do so but a line must be drawn in the sand in the relationship between the club and those who follow its developments: Carlo Ancelotti is the Milan coach and that is that. In the course of the summer and the last few weeks, it has to be remembered the patience and tolerance Milan have shown. No action has been taken over the misinterpreted of the tactics and strategy of the club, which is not its style anyway.
'Ancelotti is not trembling and his bench isn’t shaking either, the fact is that he is and will be our coach, the point is closed. It’s been three years'
, declared chief executive Adriano Galliani, 'in which we have been competitive at the highest level and won a lot. We just have to remember this and stay united and compact. We have the same number of points as we did this time last season, we’ve also played two away matches, we have won our first Champions League game as we did last year. Last year we came back from eight points behind in a few games, so all we need now are two things: calmness and more calmness'
This is the way Milan are, now and always, the same Milan that held a round of applause in the dressing room at Milanello the day after the win at Messina and the same Milan that gathered in the dressing room in Genoa on Sunday. Ancelotti was open and honest as ever and said: 'Galliani came to the dressing room to motivate the team, he called on them to remain calm and relaxed as Sampdoria played well. Galliani was content because the team expressed itself and spoke to relax the side'
. Paolo Maldini also spoke from experience and added: 'Galliani made a simple analysis of the game and the moment. We said we played well and that we paid too heavy a price and to our demerit we made some errors. He was relaxed and in fact, he was stating what our coach had just said. I don’t understand why Gazzetta dello Sport have once again given out incorrect information and wrote about an outburst that never happened. It wasn’t true that there was an outburst. It’s strange that a newspaper that historically has been balanced has this attitude and it’s hoped that it’s not a strategy against Milan'
. Anyway, Milan have a squad at the highest level and are united and compact just as they were in the season which brought victory at Manchester and Monte Carlo, that won the title, the Italian Cup, the Italian Super Cup and then went on to take the title down to the wire and reach the Champions League final, something that other sides have found unattainable, above all, in the same season. This is why the dressing room is sounding a positive note, in the same way the nineteen years of Berlusconi’s presidency have unquestionably been the best one for all Milan followers.