Saturday, 6 October 2007

Berlusconi's darkest day

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has called this period as "the darkest crisis since I became President" after disastrous results in Serie A and Europe.

The European champions have picked up just four points from their last five domestic matches and crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at Celtic on Wednesday.

"The situation is pitch black. This is the first real crisis since I took over and, in fact, it’s the worst since I became President of this club," stated Berlusconi, who has been at the helm for 20 years.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti can feel slightly nervous, as the patron has never been fond of his tactical ideals, but Berlusconi did try to reassure the fans.

"I think some of the causes are refereeing errors and a certain amount of bad luck. I confidently await the return to fitness of Ronaldo and Alexandre Pato’s debut. His teammates have spoken very highly of him."

Pato was signed during the summer for £10m, but as he was only 17 he cannot be legally registered for competition until the next transfer window in January.

Ronaldo has not played at all in official tournaments this season due to a long-running injury saga.

Milan’s campaign had started very brightly with a 3-0 victory away to Genoa – to date their only win in Serie A – the European Super Cup win against Sevilla and a 2-1 Champions League result with Benfica.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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