Silvio Berlusconi has said he doesn’t understand why Suso and Bonaventura are not always playing and commented on the decision to give the captain’s armband to ex-Juve man Leo Bonucci.
Several months have passed since Silvio Berlusconi officially left Milan, selling the club to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, led by current President Yonghong Li.
A lot has happened since then: 11 players joined Milan as the Rossoneri had their most expensive transfer window in history and coach Vincenzo Montella is still working on getting the pieces together, amid displeasure and criticism from fans and ex-legends as the results and style of play have both been unconvincing.
“Milan is a piece of my heart and my life. I would like at least that the team gets on fine. This is my regret, my sorrow,” Berlusconi, who was the Milan owner for over 30 years (from 1986 to 2017), is quoted as saying on the online version of the Milan-based newspaper il Corriere della Sera.
Things are being done very differently now than they were during the Berlusconi years, especially the last few: Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli are acting with transparency (as opposed to Adriano Galliani refusing to answer questions during shareholders meetings) and the coach is enjoying the absolute support of the club, despite early difficulties to achieve the desired results.
The summer made the fans dream again but Berlusconi, even from afar, can’t help but criticize. “I did not understand the [Milan] transfer market,” he reportedly told Corriere.it. “There has never been a change of 11 players in a team. With all that money, you could not buy a top player?”
Arrigo Sacchi revealed that he told Berlusconi to appoint Maurizio Sarri (who has turned Napoli into a monster in Serie A) instead of Sinisa Mihajlovic in the 2015 summer, but Silvio hesitated and refused it. Miha was eventually fired mid-season, replaced by Primavera boss Cristian Brocchi, now the assistant manager at Jiangsu Suning. Brocchi then decided to leave and Milan appointed Montella, despite the desire of Berlusconi, who was recovering from a heart surgery at the time.
“I wanted Brocchi to stay on the bench. But I was in a hospital bed, between life and death. And they told me Montella,” Berlusconi apparently said, without forgetting a comment on tactics: “Explain how can Suso and Bonaventura often finish on the bench, they are the two more technically gifted players. And how can you always do the same old game on the wings, with the same old crosses to the area.
“Mah [used in Italian to express perplexity]… To get the goal you should instead exploit the qualities of these two. I gave Montella advice and he answered: ‘Yes President, but I do the formation’.” The former Italy Prime Minister also believes making summer-signing Leonardo Bonucci captain was a mistake: “The captain’s armband was given to a player who was the Juventus symbol for years.
“There is Montolivo, the armband was entrusted to him.” Berlusconi said he’d only sell to someone who can take them back to the top. But in his eyes, the start of the Chinese Milan is not good.