ADRIANO GALLIANI says the title is virtually impossible and claims there’s only one like El Shaarawy.
Milan are finding form and picked up 10 points from their last 4 games in all competitions. Milan reached the knock out stage of the Champions League (seasonal objective) and are currently seventh in Serie A.
The Rossoneri have scored 24 league goals so far this season – 12 of them were scored by Stephan El Shaarawy and CEO Galliani said Berlusconi will let Stephan keep his hair as long as he keeps scoring.
“The Berlusconi talisman works. I spoke with the President and I asked him to come back on Saturday and he accepted. It seems we should have called him up for pre-season then we’d be challenging for the title,” Adriano Galliani said. “We’re in better shape and we’re playing with more determination. We’re doing well.
“El Shaarawy is going beyond our expectations. He only turned 20 a couple of weeks ago and I don’t know if many other attackers his age are scoring with his continuity. El Shaarawy is a serious and mature player. He seems older than he actually is. He scored yet another beautiful goal yesterday (the 2nd one). It was an absolute wonderstrike. President Berlusconi will let El Shaarawy keep his hair style if he keeps on scoring.
“El Shaarawy had some problems when he arrived from Padova but now he’s one of the biggest talents in the world. There is only one player (in his age) like him in the world and that is (Santos’ star) Neymar.
“Kevin-Prince Boateng scored a good goal, an important one, typical Boateng goal. He has those kind of strikes in him. Milan are growing and are getting better. If we can win the Scudetto? Absolutely not. We started very poorly and it’s unthinkable, even if we continue like this. We have to take it one game at a time and try to climb the table getting as many points as possible. The market? We have 32 players now; we are many, perhaps too many. I believe that (in the summer) Milan built a good team for the league.
“The controversy (surrounding El Shaarawy’s first goal v Catania which was scored from offside)? Last season, Robinho was denied a goal that would’ve been decisive for the title against Catania. ‘C’est la vie’.
“Milan have regained confidence. At the start of the season the players were discouraged and President Berlusconi has been fundamental in restoring trust in the players. We’ve found belief in our own ability again after the start.” Berlusconi visited Milan before the Napoli, Juventus and Catania games this season.
“If the Champions League will be expanded? I don’t think Michel Platini’s proposal will go through. The TV-rights until 2018 have already been sold. I think that the CL will stay as it is, with 32 teams. Perhaps the EL semifinalists will get access to the Champions League the following year,” Galliani concluded.
Berlusconi revealed last week that Milan’s new direction is investing in youth and mainly sign future champions, and not already-made champions who cost more. Galliani will be in charge of this operation.