ARRIGO SACCHI believes Galliani can take Milan back to the top and thinks there should be less talk, more action.
Things are looking bad for Milan these days as they are in the 11th place in Serie A with 35 points from 28 games and they have lost four matches in a row for the first time since 2002 and they have Lazio and Fiorentina away from home next.
Many people have criticized Milan’s players and leadership over the past few days with Paolo Maldini stating in an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport, that his Milan has been destroyed and everything they’ve built has been thrown away.
“If I agree with Maldini’s words that ‘they’ are destroying his Milan? Paolo said some interesting things and I agree in part with them,” legendary coach Arrigo Sacchi told Gazzetta. “Although, certainly in this type of situation I think we have to roll up our sleeves. It’s difficult to know the future, but the past teaches us Milan have already been able to get out of a crisis.
“Obviously we want healthy self-criticism, but we also need patience. Milan have built their history through organization and investment among others. Don’t forget that three years ago Milan won the league. The harsh protest of the fans? I don’t understand it. It looks like a fan rants of a club that is dejected and frustrated but instead we’re talking about a club that has reached its peak in the era of Silvio Berlusconi. President Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani have built teams that have won before – one’s been considered the greatest of all time. I have respect for the fans but also for everyone else at the club.
“They should be grateful to the club that has won 5 Champions League trophies under this leadership. We have to tell the fans not to behave like those of less successful teams. What do Milan need to get out of the crisis? We’re at a stage where we need to talk less and start to do things. Things don’t always go smoothly, but Milan have great experience although there must be cohesion at the top. The lack of cohesion between Barbara and Galliani? I don’t know the internal dynamics.
“However, the strength of Milan has always been their great ability to have cohesion. If there’s lack of gratitude towards Galliani? Adriano is highly respected in the world of football. I have had the good fortune to work with him. He may have made mistakes, but he certainly has the expertise to take Milan back to the top. I’m sorry for the Rossoneri but it’s important to understand that you can’t always be on top. If Clarence Seedorf risks getting burned? We can’t judge Seedorf right now.
“We need patience. He’s a smart guy and I like his ideas. We need to see Seedorf’s teaching skills and sensitivity in correcting errors. When I first arrived at Milan we had some difficult moments but Galliani and Berlusconi stood firm and even the players helped me. The judgments will come at the end but it’s necessary to only have players that are ‘da Milan’.
“Milan have to take less free agent players at no cost and instead choose players according to the needs of the coach. I think the fans should have more patience. If you invest in young people, like they have, then you have to be patient. Galliani has the expertise to choose these players. We should not throw everything away now.” The Curva Sud leaders have also asked coach Seedorf in their face-to-face on Sunday to tell the club to stop signing players just because they’re free.
It seems unlikely at this point, yet still possible, that Milan will be in Europe next season. They can use the 2014/2015 term to rebuild and start a new project but it’s obvious that the fans want to see that the club has a very clear plan for the future.