MILANELLO - The team is back at work today ahead of Tuesday's trip to Cagliari.
The 30-year-old was pleased his team managed to show character and grit to overcome Giuseppe Sannino’s struggling outfit
The supremo has admitted that the cash-rich Premier League club have rebuffed their initial proposal to land the 27-year-old, but says they will talk again in the near future
MILAN - Click here for the post match interviews.
MILAN – Here’s what players and management had to say after the win over Sien at the San Siro on Saturday night:
ADRIANO GALLIANI"When he was Prime Minister, he was traveling the world and couldn’t follow the club, now he has a bit more free time and is more present at the stadium but the relationship has never changed and neither has his presence. The president is the soul of this club and as long as he’s here, Milan will lead the world league. He’s unique and can’t be done without.
We know the type of player Ibrahimovoc is and there’s no point going on about it. Nocerino is fantastic whether he plays on the left or in the middle or on the right and that’s what I keep on telling the coach. He’s a formidable player.Mexes had aq good game, he hasn’t played in eight months and he’s an important player. We’re stronger with him. Even when he was ready he broke his hand, Like Van Basten who didn’t play in his first year.It’s great to win the more challenging games. They’re all tough games. Aquilani did well, very aggressive. He’s a good player.
I was happy with the banner in my honour because in the past there has been some misunderstanding. I do my best to make the fans and the president happy.
Robinho is an important player and we’re having a great campaign, doing very well. It’s tough to get to the top of the table after only five points from the first few games but that was our won fault and of course sometimes a draw is fine. No one wins them all. We’ve got 26 points in 10 games which is a great average.
Credit to Juventus who are doing well. They’re strong and Italian football history s between Milan and Juventus.
All games are important for the title. There are 38 stops with three points each, it’d be great if we do well in Cagliari. It’s a very important game.Law 91 prevents you from having contract longer than 5 years. Thiago Silva has a 5 year contract but he’ll definitely stay longer. The dream goes on. Merry Christmas to all our fans."MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI "We managed to win a difficult and complicated game. We have the three points and Galliani is right. I was the one who played Nocerino on the left and he’s a different player in that position. It was a good performance and I’m happy with the players.Mexes is back and he had a good game. We have to wait until February for Arsenal and let’s hope for the best. I’ll be thinking about it a week beforehand. Now I want to concentrate on the league because there’s still a game left and we need points for the league. It’s never easy in Cagliari and I know just how much the team is worth. We’ll have to prepare well."MARK VAN BOMMEL"Boateng said thanks for the rap that I did for him. Just joking. I’m no good at singing; I’m better at playing football. We have to win against in Cagliari to stay on top of the table. Siena defended well but we deserved the three points. Nocerino does well. But Aquilani as well and Seedorf can score from there too. They’re important for the way we play.
MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI " Not an easy game. For the first 15 minutes we did well then we made life difficult for ourselves. We could have conceded from Bolzoni but in the second half we were patient enough to look for the goal and it was downhill from there. Mexes did well. He helped us construct the play and showed that he’s back and he’s good addition.
Juventus, Udinese and Lazio are the closest contenders for the title but there’s a long way to go and Napoli and Inter could get back into it. It’ll be a tough game on Tuesday against Cagliari. We won in Rome so at least one of the head-to-heads, we’ve won. ‘m not worried about the first five results as we were missing a lot players.”DANIELE BONERA"They played with 10 men behind the ball and it wasn’t easy to break them down. Credit ot Siena for the first half, then we got going in the second but they defended well. After we scored the game got easier.Abbiati and Amelia are only human like all of us. We can grit out teeth if we need to. Aquilaini and Nocerino? There was some scepticism at the start, but we knew how important they were for us, players with strong CV’s. Now it’s important to follow this up with a win in Cagliari, then we’ll see.”MARCO AMELIA"I had a knee problem but I grit my teeth, Abbiati was in even worse shape but he put himself forward. I made up for the goal against Bologna with a good save. We’ll be looking for the win against Cagliari, the last game before Christmas and let’s hope that Udinese and Juventus might drop some points. It wasn’t easy today, Sinea did well. We did well in the second half.”
ANTONIO NOCERINO"I wasn’t expecting to be such an important player for this team but the whole club has helped me show my worth. The important thing is that the team does well. We’ll move forward now. I celebrated with Amelia because he slipped up against Bologna and I wanted to celebrate with him.”
The 44-year-old has backed the in-form midfielder to bag double-figures this season after he scored again on Saturday, and also praised Taye Taiwo for his assured display
The penultimate matchday of 2011 in Italy kicked off with an important victory for the Flying Donkeys, while Stevan Jovetic was on hand to rescue a point for the Viola
MILAN - Perhaps just for one night, but at last Milan is number one in Serie A. Allegri’s team did their duty with a 2-0 win over Siena after a game that was anything but easy, especially in the first half.Milan with something of a makeshift defense with Bonera on the right and Taiwo on the left and Mexes making his starting debut for the Rossoneri alongside Thiago Silva. Siena went for a 4-4-2 formation that was immediately put under pressure. After only 4’, Ibra tried to find Nocerino who shot high. Siena set their stall out to defend and Reginaldo was the only one to make himself look dangerous with a shot on 14’. Two minutes later Milan were looking dangerous with Ibrahimovic who managed to skim the cross bar. Boateng shot high as well on 20’. Siena found perhaps the best chance so far on 23’ with Bolzoni doing well to spring the offside trap but failed to find the target. The shot was just wide. Milan continued to do all the playing and after 39’ minutes they got their best chance through Seedorf who forced Brkic into a save. After the restart, Milan finally managed to open up the game thank to their two main goal scorers. On 9’, Nocerino got off a right footed shot from a corner which made it 1-0. On 19’ it was Ibrahimovic who made it 2-0 from the penalty after Boateng went down in the area. The Swedish striker made no mistake from the penalty spot and after that it was all downhill for the home side. Pato came in for Robinho and had a couple of chances. Amelia pulled off a fine save from Bolzoni and 211 comes to a close for the Rossoneri in the San Siro in the best way possible.
GOALS: Nocerino al 9', Ibrahimovic (pen) al 19's.t.
MILAN (4-3-1-2): Amelia; Bonera, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Taiwo; Seedorf (10's.h. Aquilani), Van Bommel, Nocerino; Boateng (28's.h. Emanuelson); Ibrahimovic, Robinho (20's.h. Pato). Bench: Abbiati, De Sciglio, Ambrosini, El Shaarawy. Coach: Allegri
SIENA (4-4-2): Brkic; Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso; Angelo, Bolzoni, Gazzi (15's.h. Grossi), Reginaldo (12's.h. D'Agostino); Calaiò, Brienza (37's.h. Destro). Bench: Pegolo, Pesoli, Rossi, Mannini. Coach: Sannino
REFEREE: Bergonzi di Genova
NOTES: Booked: Seedorf, Gazzi. Corners: 9-2.
MILAN - Click here for the photos from Milan's win over Siena.
MILAN - Milan-Siena ends 2-0 at the San Siro in Milan. The Rossoneri went ahead after 54' thanks to Nocerino and Ibrahimovic made it 2 from the penalty spot on 64'. That's the tenth goal for the Zlatan this season.
MILAN - It should have been the first game of the season, instead it’s the last game of the year. On Tuesday evening, Milan will be at the Saint Elia stadium where they started 2011 on the 6th of January. That was the day that Antonio Cassano made his debut with the Rossoneri and a goal from Rodney Strasser at five minutes from full time gave all three points to the team that would go on to become the Italian champions.The game that was supposed to be played on 27 August 2011 was postponed, the same as all matches scheduled to be played that weekend due to the players strike.The two teams have faced each other 30 times in the stadium in Cagliari. The balance of results sees the Rossoneri ahead with 12 wins compared to 4 for the home team. Milan have scored 39 goals to the home team’s 25 with the end result between the two being all square on 14 occasions.The last time Cagliari won was on match Day 5 in 1998-99. It was the 18 October and the game ended 1-0 thanks to a goal from De Patre after 19’. Last season was the last time the Rososneri won, but it went well for the visitors the year before as well. On 3 April 2010 on Match day 32, the rossoneri came away 3-2 winners with all goals coming in the first half. Scoring was opened on 7’ thanks to Boriello. Ragtazu equalized on 17’ and Milan retook the lead through Huntelaar after 32’. Matri equalised for the home team and then an own goal by Astori on 38’ gave the spoils to the visitors.The last time the two team drew was during the 2008/2009 when on match Day 6 it ended all square and without a goal. Massimiliano Allegri was in charge of Cagliari at the time and got his first point in Serie A.In the 2007/2008 season, Carlo Ancelotti’s side faced Cagliari on Match Day 14 on 3 December 2006 and came away with a 2-2 draw. Gilardino and Borriello were the Rossoneri goal scorers.On 16 October 2005/2006, Milan got the better of their hosts thanks to Alberto Gilardino in his first year with the club, and Andriy Schevchenko who scored his 152nd goal.
In the first fibe games of this season, Ballardini’s team (Donadoni was replaced by Ficcadenti during the summer but was then fired after the first few games), have 18 points on the table thanks to 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. Cagliari have lost at home only once (against Lazio) but after the opening day win against Novara, have only drawn at home. They’ve conceded 5 goals at home and scored only 3.
AC Milan struck twice in nine minutes to move top of Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win over lowly Siena at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
MILAN - It's all square at half time at the San Siro as the teams head to the changing rooms with the score at 0-0.
Two second half strikes were enough to take Massimiliano Allegri’s men provisionally top of Serie A, whilst the Bianconeri suffer their sixth straight defeat
MILANO - "Ever since I started playing, wearing this shirt has always been the dream. We definitely can't underestimate the game. We've to be focused from the start to get all three points and keep our grip at the top of the table."That's what Mattia De Sciglio had to say to the Milan Channel ahead of Milan-Siena.
MILANO - Saturday evening's early game ended with Cagliari, Milan's next adversary in the league, losing 2-0 in Verona against Chievo. The goals came from Thereau and Sardo.
MILAN - Here's how the teams will take to the pitch for Milan-Siena shortly: MILAN: Amelia, Bonera, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Taiwo, Seedorf, Van Bommel, Nocerino, Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Robinho.SIENA: Brkic, Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso, Angelo, Bolzoni, Gazzi, Reginaldo, Brienza, Calaiò.
MILAN - At 18.45 the gates were opened at the San Siro stadium in Milan ahead of Milan-Siena. The temperature in the city is around 3° with humidity at 45% and a cloudy sky.
Follow LIVE text commentary of the Serie A match between AC Milan and Chievo at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
Massimiliano Allegri has decided to give a start to the former Roma defender, while Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to lead the attack
(IN THE PHOTO: Galliani speaks at the inauguration of the Caritas shelter)
MILAN - Adriano Galliani, Massimiliano Allegri and Laura Masi were representing the club at the inauguration of the Caritas Shelter today at Milan’s Central Station. After the restructuring work of the premises belonging to the Italian railways, the venue has now become a refuge for Milan’s homeless thanks to the Milan Foundation, the Cariplo Foundation and Enel Cuore.Cardinal Angelo Scola was present to cut the ribbon. “We’re honored by your presence”, said Caritas Ambrosiana director Roberto Davanzo adding that after 10 years of activity homelessness was still a problem for the Lombardy capital.The Milan Foundation together with Italian Railways, Enel Cuore and the Cariplo Foundation played an active part in the Milanese project. On Saturday evening, fans at the San Siro stadium will be able to purchase Christmas cakes with the proceeds going to the project.
Daniele Zoratto has called up Bryan CRISTANTE and Luca IOTTI for the Under 17 training training camp being held from 20 -22 December in Coverciano.
There will be a single training session on 20th and a double session on 22nd followed by a friendly match against Fiorentina’s Allievi Nazionali side.
MILAN - The Primavera continues their run. Despite losing 2-1 today they are through to the semi-finals of the TIM cup.
After winning the first leg 3-1, Milan took the lead through Ganz only for Pisanu to equalise before the break. The second half saw the Rossoneri waste a few chances before Pisanu got his double. Cagliari win the battle but not the war as the Rossoneri go through as aggregate winners.
Dolcetti’s players are in fine form in the Primavera championship and are now among the final four in the Cup where they’ll meet Roma in the semi-finals.
MILAN – The Primavera’s incredible run continues for Aldo Dolcetti’s players. Despite losing 2-1 at the Vismara sports centre against Cagliari, the team are through to the semi-finals of the TIM cup.
Milan, who won the first leg 3-1 away from home, took the lead on 11’ through Ganz but the visitors equalised before the break through Pisanu.
The Rossoneri wasted a few chances in the second half before Pisanu got his second which however doesn’t affect the teams in the next round. Milan will now face Roma.
The Dutch master rolled back the years with a sublime strike against Bologna as the 35-year-old scored from long range, with the Lazio forward this week’s runner-up
Bert van Marwijk’s men go into Euro 2012 as one of the favourites for the tournament in Ukraine and Poland, and their skipper feels they could beat the leading European clubs
The 52-year-old has stated that the Serie A sides are favourites in the ties and feels Italian football is on the rise, whilst the Premier League is struggling on the continent
The former Fiorentina boss believes the Serie A representatives in Europe’s top tournament can make it through to the quarter-finals, despite being drawn against tough opposition
The ‘league v league’ war will recommence, the top scorer award is up for grabs, while the ECA hold the keys to the future of the Champions League