First Team


Some with their families and some with their smiles. The team was compact and together at the club’s Christmas party yesterday. Even club Patron Silvio Berlusconi took to the stage for a few words before speaking exclusively to the Milan Channel.

(IN THE PHOTO: Alberto Aquilani with his partner Michela; Federica and Antonio Nocerino)

MILAN – A smiling Antonio Cassano with his son Christopher and his better half as well as Mrs. Gattuso at the Rossoneri Christmas party. The club have had some strange injury problems so far this season, the latest being Mario Yepes’ twisted ankle against Bologna last weekend. But last night, in the heart of the city, the team looked ready to take on all comers.

Fresh from last season’s league win and Italian Supercup, Milan have been hit with one injury after another but nevertheless, find themselves only two points from the top of the table and through to the last 16 of the Champions League. They were all present last night apart from a couple of justified absences such as Thiago Silva, Mexes and Robinho.

The  words from Silvio Berlusconi: “Barcelona play like the teams that I used to coach. To get closer to the Catalans, Milan has both the players and the coach. Allegri’s new contract is not an issue, it’s already been decided. Tevez? He’ll have to choose between the Qatar money in Paris and the prestige of the Rossoneri. He’s get more money in Paris, but here, he’d win the Ballon D’or.”

Milan are willing to push to get Tevez and Berlusconi argued: “Despite how much he’d cost, the gifts I give are continuous, my generosity is continuous. If Real dedicate a stadium to Bernabeu, I should get two of them. Ibrahimovic? It’s actually Pato who has to get in form after so many injuries. But he has to play more centrally as well. Too often I see him playing out on the right.”