ADRIANO GALLIANI said the club told the coach and the players it is not happy as Milan prepare for a retreat.
Something is not working at Milan and the results have been bad as well so far as the Rossoneri are in the 12th place in Serie A after 7 rounds of football and the team is performing poorly. The latest defeat to Caen (friendly) got Milan worried.
Caen beat Milan 3-0 in a friendly on Sunday (most of the players were reserves and Primavera) and Max Allegri was furious at the end of the match. The club has decided that the players will stay together at Milanello for a retreat ahead of Udinese.
“We would not be punishing the players by sending them into a retreat,” Galliani said today. “Milan have told the coach and the players that the club is not happy with the team being in 12th place in the league. A retreat will serve in bringing concentration and allow everyone to be together. This would be the aim of the retreat and it is not there to punish anyone.
“It is a decision taken with the coach and the club and no player is being picked out. We’ll start the retreat tomorrow evening. All the players would be there including those who are not called up for the match on Saturday. Then on Friday it would just be the players called up for the match on Saturday. All the players have accepted it. There is always an extra motivation when results are not going so well. We’ve to get over it and find our form and not repeat what happened last year.
“Let’s see if what we are doing now will help. I feel we can get Ricardo Kakà, Valter Birsa and Matias Silvestre back for the Udinese game. Mattia De Sciglio will take a bit longer. He will not be available for Udinese but let’s see for Barcelona,” the Vice President and Chief Executive continued. Being here on this marvelous autumn day with all the colours is fantastic. I might stay in the retreat too. It is not a punishment but a place to get together and focus on climbing up the table.”
Meanwhile, the first team played a friendly match against the Primavera side and the boys of Inzaghi beat those of Allegri 1-0 with a goal scored by Yusupha Yaffa. Kaka and Nigel De Jong, who’s banned for Saturday, played just one half.