Galliani praises Pioli for building a ‘very competitive’ Milan; discusses Ibrahimovic-Monza rumours

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has praised Stefano Pioli for helping to lead the Rossoneri on a resurgence over the past two months.

Galliani was of course the right-hand man to Silvio Berlusconi during his 31 years as owner of Milan, and he oversaw the greatest period in the club’s history in terms of consistently challenging for the biggest trophies.

Since Elliott Management Corporation took control of the club back in 2018, the club have deployed a recruitment strategy based around signing exciting young talent to develop into a future core.

After some initial speed bumps it seems that things have really sprung into life since football returned post-lockdown, as the Rossoneri are 22 games without defeat across all competitions and currently sit atop the Serie A table.

Galliani spoke about his former team during the SportLab event earlier today, and even cleared up some of the speculation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was close to reuniting with him at Monza.

“Milan? Unlike many others, I don’t want to comment on the choices, when one leaves a club he has to become a fan. I am a big fan,” he said (via MilanNews).

“It seems to me that a very competitive team has been set up, which can do well, my dream is to see Milan in the Champions League and Monza in Serie A next season. I never miss a game at San Siro, unless Monza is involved.

“I want to congratulate Pioli because he got the formula right. I didn’t see Calhanoglu as a left winger, for me he’s a formidable second striker. So he moved on to 4-2-3-1 and made his players perform at their best. Then it is evident that if you have Ibra or Van Basten you can do some things, if you don’t have them you can do other things.

“Ibra is a fantastic person with whom I have remained in great friendship. It is obvious and evident that despite the budget, Ibra’s engagement was a tad out of our reach.”

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