The ‘Milan situation’: president Silvio Berlusconi and Kaká speak up

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi and Brazilian midfielder Kaka had the opportunity to speak up about the mishaps the Rossoneri team are currently having.

Silvio Berlusconi and the AC Milan team hoisting the Champions League in May 2007Berlusconi defined the current AC Milan crisis as the “worst in the club’s history since he has been at the helm”. Interviewed by the press close to his Palazzo Grazioli home in Rome, the Milan boss recognized that his team is having a really bad moment “We are going through some really bad times (…) it’s the worst crisis since I have been Milan president. It must be said though that refereeing decisions and bad luck have something to do with it”. Berlusconi is however optimistic about the club’s future: “Ronaldo and Pato will make key contributions when their time comes (…) I’ve been hearing great things about Pato”. The Milan president concluded that “We are the title holders for the Champions League, we’re still the Superchampions”.

Kaká, age 25, winner of the FIFPro award for Best Player of the 2006-07 seasonMeanwhile, at the Milanello training ground there are still talks about the “Dida incident”. “The team is with Dida on this one because he’s always been a great help to us, and he’s a winner” said Ricardo Kaká. Recent recipient of the Best Player of the 2006-07 season FIFPro award (the World’s Player Union), the Brazilian midfielder tried to defend his Seleçao teammate concerning the incident at Celtic Park (right after conceding the 1-2 goal, Dida received a light hit in the head from a Celtic supporter, and reacted by first trying to run after his ‘attacker’, then by collapsing onto the ground). “It’s true, Dida didn’t come out into the best of lights on that episode, but it was a difficult moment. He had just conceded a goal, and someone entered the field and slapped him”.

Kaká also talked about the declarations he made in an El País chatroom a few days ago: “That interview was real, I made it after our return from Glasgow”. On that occasion, when the Brazilian player was asked which team he would most like to play with, should he ever leave AC Milan, he answered “Right now I’m playing in a very big club whose main objective is winning tournaments, so I would try to do the same in Spain, at Real Madrid or Barcelona for example”.

Kaká also talked about his discussion with coach Carlo Ancelotti on Sunday: “Everything that took place on Sunday is normal, just an exchange of opinions. I have a great relationship with Ancelotti, there aren’t any problems whatsoever between us”. A few words on the FIFA Club World Cup: “It’s a trophy that I haven’t won yet since I joined Milan. We’ve already lost a final to Boca Juniors, so now we’re trying to work hard in order to win this tournament”.

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