MILAN HAVE won the Viareggio Cup and Galliani has said it was Anderlecht’s turn to experience Inzaghi’s revenge.
The Italian giants have invested a lot in the youth sector and the results are starting to show as after progressing to the next stage of the UEFA Youth CL, where they face Chelsea next week, Milan Primavera have won the Viareggio Cup.
il Diavolo scored twice in the extra time in the final after drawing 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes against Anderlecht. Andrea Petagna, Michael Fabbro and Alessandro Mastalli scored to get back at the Belgians who beat Milan in the final last year.
“It’s a fantastic joy. When we were down to 10 men I was fearful. I’m really happy for Pippo and the lads,” joint CEO Adriano Galliani told the press on Monday. “They’ve got a fantastic spirit. Inzaghi told me that he would get revenge yesterday. Just like against Liverpool, it was now Anderlecht’s turn to experience the revenge of Filippo Inzaghi. It’s an unwritten rule.
“I’m happy that we didn’t let Inzaghi go (he was offered to be Sassuolo’s first team coach). He was happy to stay and said nothing else. I didn’t go to Viareggio because of superstition. We’ll be ready to celebrate tonight. Well done to the players and to Filippo Galli. This victory is an immense joy. Petagna? He scored a crazy goal. Wonderful. He did a lot up-front.
“Petagna battled, he provided assists. He was important in winning the competition. The sending off of Fabbro (after the third goal which he celebrated by taking his shirt off, leaving Milan with 9 players)? It reminded me of the 2010 derby when Abate was also sent off. When he took his shirt off, I knew exactly what was going to happen. I understand the player’s celebration. All is well that ends well. We were also without Simic and Iotti. Pippo has got a big future as a coach.
“Inzaghi takes care of every minor detail. He’s hungry. If you do things with the right passion and determination the results come. He knows everything about his opponents. He’s obsessive. When a youth side wins it means the same as when the First Team wins. This victory is good for the club and it’s for the fans.” The Milan Curva Sud was at the arena to support.
“I’m happy for the win in the Viareggio Cup, a historic victory that puts Milan at the top of the all-time winners’ list of a prestigious competition,” Vice President and joint Chief Executive officer Barbara Berlusconi said after the game. “A victory which is a result of the work done by Filippo Inzaghi and his staff, Filippo Galli and the Milan Youth Sector. A lot of the players today came through the ranks of the Youth Sector and this fills me with pride and gives us confidence for the future.”
Milan are currently 4th in the Primavera table with 32 points but they are also the only team in their league also competing in the Youth Champions League. Coach Pippo is happy with the Viareggio win but also looks forward to the future.
“We are very happy. I think about destiny a lot and now with the staff we have prepared a motivational video about it with the images of last year,” stated Filippo Inzaghi, who celebrated with his boys. “This is an incredible finish. We had a lot of fitness problems, but we played fantastically. We played in white like the great Milan and all the congratulations go to the players.
“We are an incredible group and the club is very satisfied. On Wednesday we will do a lap of honour with the trophy. We had great support. I believe in fate and I told Andrea Petagna that after what happened last year but he was brilliant today and he is an example for everyone because he is in the first team. I had a doubt about starting with him or Maks Barisic in attack, but I chose Petagna and he did well. However it is not fair to name names as everyone made their contribution.
“We’ll enjoy it now but we have to face Chelsea but we will go to London to play our game. We played well at Barcelona and won in Amsterdam so we are motivated. It is good to win and self-esteem goes up a lot. We must not stop here.”
“It was a beautiful goal and we played well to overcome last year but it was difficult,” commented Andrea Petagna who scored a great goal and assisted the 3rd. “I had not played much over the last six months but I focused on what I had learnt. We talked about fate with the coach and he gives us the calmness to win. It was important for those who had played last year and new our objective is London. Inzaghi has a big heart and he is a great coach. We can still battle for the title.”
“I am happy and satisfied,” said the scorer of the 2nd goal, Michael Fabbro, who was the 2nd player to be sent off for Milan after Benedicic. “We wanted to win but I am disappointed about being sent-off. I lost my head after the goal. This is the victory of everyone: the kitmen, the coach, the staff. We have an outstanding group and I dedicate the goal to them and to my team-mates. I am usually quiet, but I got carried away with a goal in the final. The important thing is winning.
“The coach always tells me how to ‘break up the play’. I take advantage of my skills and I help the team. Before the game, Inzaghi told us that he had already experienced similar matches and he reassured us. Fate has given us this game and we could not fail. He help each other but now we head to Chelsea although the coach has said we can enjoy this evening.”
Milan Primavera have done their own, winning the Viareggio Cup and in two days it’ll be the turn of the first team to step up on the pitch and prove their worth when they take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 (first leg).