Galliani aims for youth

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ADRIANO GALLIANI says more young players should be included in the first team.

Ever since the Champions League victory in 2007, Milan are often referred as an “Old Team” as many members have been playing regularly close to a decade now, but Milan already said they want to change it.

The Rossoneri brought in Massimiliano Allegri, a young coach, who often used youngsters (Davide Astori, Robert Acquafresca, Daniele Ragatzu etc.) at Cagliari in order to kick off the revolution at the via Turati club.

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Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ignazio Abate and Alexandre Pato, rather young players, played a key part in Milan’s success last year, with the likes of Alexander Merkel and Rodney Strasser given chances to prove their worth. Adriano Galliani says Milan are moving towards rejuvenation, and more youngsters should play.

“We are moving forward on this line, and we need to include young people in the first team, [Mattia] De Sciglio, in my view, will soon make his debut start and other players are growing. This is the path that Italian clubs must take. It is a choice of the heart, but also an obligation,” he said as reported by Milannews.it.

Stephan El Shaarawy arrived and Milan have big hopes for him and with Mattia De Sciglio and Mattia Valoti promoted to the first team, Milan’s intention is clear, though the younger men don’t play as much.

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Marmotix
Marmotix
10 years ago

I still think that eriksen could be a great addition to the team because hes fast he knows how to dribble and he has a very good pass(he reminds me of kaka somehow)and with montolivo behind them milan could rule the world again FORZA MILAN!!

Marmotix
Marmotix
10 years ago
Reply to  Marmotix

behind them meaning behind eriksen and the atackers:)Sorry im not a native english speaker:)

SupaPippo
SupaPippo
10 years ago

Merkel, Fossati, Shaarawy, Verdi, Strasser… Where are they?! Let Shaarawy play and birng back the others! The most i miss Merkel he played well last season those few games and just as he started to get use to play with big guys u give him to Genoa… Those boys represent future of Milan and without faith in them well their talent is goin to be wasted at Milan…

Sheva7
Sheva7
10 years ago
Reply to  SupaPippo

I agree i miss Merkel.

Ryan
Ryan
10 years ago

Lets not get too reckless here

But i do wanna see more of Valoti and El Shaarawy

Havent heard too much of Di Sciligo though

DaSwan
DaSwan
10 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

very important statement ..”lets not get reckless” too many youths w/out experience can b very costly (see Arsenal). with many of our experience ols guard wrapping it up @ seasons end (hopefully ..knowing how much Milan lyks to extend contracts) now is th tym to integrate th youths n th new faces. hopefully we can make som moves in Jan. fo players of fuoriclasse quality. ForzaMilan!

john
john
10 years ago

want 2 c it, before I beleive it.

zacko
zacko
10 years ago

and yet seedorf will play all over match..pffftttt!

Kain
Kain
10 years ago
Reply to  zacko

haha. just like a few years ago. galliani: we will cahnge our policy, we will invest in youths a lot more… oh btw, we extended cafu’s contract for another 2 years’ xDD

Amuda 1
10 years ago

Milan never start let did injury players cums back u wil see d real acmilan. Hahaaaaa.

Nasko
10 years ago

Lets hope Galliani is the man of his words.

sherbini
sherbini
10 years ago

i hope your are seririous! we have great youth talents especially in midfield. they are international players in u-17-18-20. fossati, calvano, verdi, carmona, beretta, merkel, pele, albertazzi, de sciglio,ganz.

Rangga
Rangga
10 years ago

But you don’t Galliani. You never trust the young players. We have a lot of youth talents. Forza Milan.

mr. rational
mr. rational
10 years ago

its still early days guys. i think allegri will feature the youngsters this season just give it time. he played strasser and merkel a lot last season and even made merkel play against tottenham. dont forget he also integrated prince into the team very nicely in his first season.

Wil2
10 years ago

i think in the winter galliani will buy keita from barca(31) :)))

Loser
Loser
10 years ago

Yes, thats why were are going for Amauri..

Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko
10 years ago

Maybe we sign some 35 year old terqurista on free

Sheva7
Sheva7
10 years ago

Maybe Diamanti as rosso23 used to say xD
I miss Rosso23 and his trolling )=

Kain
Kain
10 years ago

i just love it XDDDDDDDD

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago

We’re not arsenal. Nobody is saying we should sign 30+ years old. But we need to maintain a balance and order. Arsenal is in a free fall right now because they lack leadership and youth. Nor should we learn from any EPL team either. Allegri was short of options… and has been for a while because of the prevailing injury crisis. We better hope several of our players return after the break, including the all important Robinho. Robinho’s contribution to our attack is evident, and without him we are lacking a certain bite. Amauri’s agent has said he’ll only go… Read more »

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Correction: Arsenal lack leadership and experience. Not youth. They have too much youth. And it shows… they haven’t won anything in years.

Hmm, this site doesn’t let you edit posts in Opera… guess I should go back to Firefox.

Berlusconi the old playboy
Berlusconi the old playboy
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Everytime Milan play bad or lose sorely , you sir have some work to do , if not you just come here and blabber BS ,Yes we should look at teams in the EPL , there is an Italian Coach there, English national team is coached by an Italian, A youngster is playing for a big club but happens to be a Milanista, then there is a chase for some Italian talent by the EPL. Take note of how SAF used the oldies in Paul Scholes & Ryan Giggs , how Owen Ferdinand Berbataov have been shunned for younger talent,… Read more »

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago

Why was my response not approved? All I said is you’re mistaken. And they are two different leagues. Chelsea isn’t doing anything right at the moment. SAF has Chicharito. Allegri has the balls and just needs his players back. By the way, show some respect to Seedorf.

Jerry
Jerry
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Of the Injured players, who do you think is going to solve the MEDIOCRE midfield??? That`s right no one, we have no quality midfield players!!!
And Mr. X is a disappointment even for Allegri as he shows by not playing him.

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Robinho. He can play behind two strikers or as a support striker, and help link up the attack with midfield. In addition, putting Boateng into midfield would be better. Stop talking about Mr X. That’s getting im*mature.

mr. rational
mr. rational
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

yes i fully agree with using boateng as a left mid sometimes. he would provide a lot of drive from midfield with his direct approach. emmanuelson can operate in the same way as well. the real problem has been aquilani’s inability to play as a trequartista because he doesn’t possess the necessary athleticism to perform there. however he is technically very good. like it or not it has been the injuries and everyone will see by january how things turn around.

mr. rational
mr. rational
10 years ago

it is true that more young players succeed in epl compared to serie a but yo ever ask yourself why? Different philosophies. epl focuses more on the physical game and as such the youngsters can utilize a lot more time and space on the ball while serie a is the opposite. there is less space and players have to be more cunning with their movements. that’s why players such as seedorf are still big part players.

Jerry
Jerry
10 years ago
Reply to  mr. rational

Robihno is not going to solve our MF issues, if he would have played in that game it would of being the same story. As for Boateng, In that Juve game he was horrible and very stupid for getting that red card, I am not sure if he can be the workhorse in the MF even do he`s a good player.

Yemeni-Milan
Yemeni-Milan
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Do you think we should play Robinho behind the strikers? I honestly think that is our best option

Afanofmilan
10 years ago

We shudnt just throw away our players we hve to integrate well . Valoti is 17 so we need a player dat wil stil b present when the oldies liv (ganso n monty).

Reza
Reza
10 years ago

Our main problem is we are serching for a very young or a very old player.we need players included age from22 to 32 no 18 or 34.we should have balance in using oldies and youngs .but our midfield are really very old and isnt world class

Yemeni-Milan
Yemeni-Milan
10 years ago
Reply to  Reza

That’s because when players are in their prime, we can’t afford them. Good players.

greg
greg
10 years ago

Not if Allegri has his way, soon it will be Gatusso, Ambrosini, Van Bommel and Seedorf in midfield supporting Amauri and Borrielo. Bonera and Zambrotta as full-backs of course!

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago
Reply to  greg

Who says Allegri would do such a thing? Allegri’s favorites are Ibra, Robinho, Boateng, Abate, and now Nocerino (who has gained starting status with him). I think you’re quite mistaken.

Kain
Kain
10 years ago

ye really for the last 5 years it’s all because of allegri. lol. we will not sack him and we will not buy villas boss, hes shit kthxbye

DaSwan
DaSwan
10 years ago

lets get make this clear ….VERY CLEAR! WE ARE ACMILAN. OUR DNA IS WINNING. WE HAVE OUR OWN IDENTITY. OUR OWN STYLE. WE ARE LEADERS. NOT FOLLOWERS! WE LOOK AT NO1! WE ARE TRENDSETTERS! WE WIN, WE’RE GENIUSES N KINGS. WE LOSE WE’RE THIS THAT N THE OTHER. WE SPENT PENNIES LAST YR N WON 2 TROPHIES WHILE OTHERS SPENT A FORTUNE. Relax my fellow Milanisti all will b well. Remember few yrs we started -8 n finished 3rd. not many teams in Europe can do that. no need to panic. btw i must say this blog is my anti-drug… Read more »

sherbini
sherbini
10 years ago

albertini maldini baresi costacurta started to play in the first team when they were 17-18!

lanre247
lanre247
10 years ago

but you dont have faith in those young guys Galliani, they are the future of milan, hope to se merkel back in the team.

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago

A word of advice, before someone goes on a tirade about what I said, you should read what I said more clearly and not insult me with nons*ense.

cornelius
10 years ago

i think u are all right, pls mr ceo bring in young and quality player now bfor is too late plssssssss

milanista93
milanista93
10 years ago

my youth mix oldies formation for ac milan:

———————Abbiati—————————
-Abate—–T.Silva————S.Romagnoli–Didac Vila–
—————-Fossati——Kevin P Boateng———–
—–Verdi————Robinho————–Santonocito-
———————Ibrahimovic———————–

Bone chronic
Bone chronic
10 years ago

We need a balance and not just jumping into young players all over the pitch like it’s some under-age competition. In 2003, our starting midfielders were; rui costa(29-30/31yrs), seedorf(26-27yrs), pirlo(23-24yrs) and gattuso(24-25yrs), kaka(22yrs) joined the mix in 03/04 season. Let’s chill and let this team have the right balance of youth and experience

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago
Reply to  Bone chronic

Right. Barcelona’s average age is 27. Some players are in their early/mid 30s… some are in their mid/late 20s. Just an example. Real Madrid’s problem is they don’t have experience… much like Arsenal. Thus explaining their lack of winning anything the last few years.

Yemeni-Milan
Yemeni-Milan
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Xabi Alonso, Casillas, Carvalho, pepe, and Ronaldo. Pretty experienced

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago
Reply to  Yemeni-Milan

Um, Carvalho is not great, and Pepe… a red card waiting to happen. Out of those 5, I would say maybe Ronaldo (but he’s still immature) and Xabi Alonso are experienced.

rebel
rebel
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

disagree here..carvalho is great…his sliding tackles r out of the world..n he plays w his heart..thoh only for mou..but he good
n ramos casillas r world cup winners…ronaldo has played a lot of professional football…n kaka is bk..thoh i dnt no how much say he has in the dressing room…
and they hv MOU for the experience…

needless to say barca n madrid r the team on the very top..
rest all come second…

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
10 years ago
Reply to  Giancarlo

Carvalho’s sliding tackles are nothing compared to Nestas. And he’s a red card waiting to happen. While he does do very good tackles, he’s reckless. I’ve seen him get sent off time and time again… or get yellows. Nesta rarely even gets yellow cards. I hate Real Madrid. I always have. Even more then my dislike of Barcelona. The only team I like in Spain is Athletic Bilbao.

Rosso86
Rosso86
10 years ago

Ya all we do is buy potential young players and then finally not using them or selling them or loan them out.Oh please uncle fester.

rebel
rebel
10 years ago

i think the main thing galliani is trying to state is that we are still in a transitional period…our future w allegri seems to b really good…m sure paloschi(thoh m not sure he is ever gng to b a starter), merkel, sharaawy(since they r the only ones i’ve seen), pato, ely(already 5 of em plus numerous others) are gng to step in 2-3 yrs time…but 2 yrs we have to be patient…u dnt really expect these youngsters to come all guns exploding… allegri was bought for a reason..to start a new cycle.. we all complain for the lack of young’uns…we… Read more »

Vito
Vito
10 years ago

We need someone like M’Vila, Someone like Eriksen/Götze/Vaart, someone like Hamsik/Martin.

And WC CB like Sakho… And better keeper is a MUST !

D-Bo
D-Bo
10 years ago

I agree with Giancarlo as to the impact of Robinho’s absence on this squad. There is far less creativity in the attack now. I also agree with Galliani that more youth is needed. Significant investments have been made in the youth team and I would like to see those investments given an opportunity. Merkel could have been very important this year. Albertazzi would have been a backup, but could have learned quite a bit with the first team. Verdi and Paloschi could have helped a great deal as well. I agree with Galliani and some of the posters here. I… Read more »

Andriy
10 years ago

if we lose 2-0 to Juve with 7 youngsters then i would not mind!

@allegri4young
@allegri4young
10 years ago

Our legendary players always wait to be thrown out, Abbiati, Nesta, Zambrota, Ambrosini, Gattuso, Seedorf, Inzaghi must step down for our youngstars to showcase thier talents on the pitch.

Simo
Simo
10 years ago

Our best youngsters may return to fill the holes for next year. I mean:
Albertazzi will return to replace Yepes.
Paloschi will return to replace Inzaghi.
De Sciglio will/and do replace Oddo.
And on midfield we need players, so we can fill it with Valoti/Fossati/Strasser/Merkel, if there is not enough new players regarding the contract of Van Bommel/Gattuso/Flamini/Ambrosini/Seedorf expiring.
We need new players also, we cannot replace everybody with young talents.