serie a reaction

Milan vice-president Galliani heaps praise on Leonardo

January 11, 2010

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has given a thumbs-up to the job done by rookie coach Leonardo.

The Rossoneri claimed their 11th win of the Serie A campaign yesterday with a 3-0 defeat of Juventus in Turin to stay within striking distance of league leaders Inter Milan.

"I believe the merit of our results is down to Leonardo,'' said Galliani. "Our coach has evaluated in the best possible way the players he has available. There are many positive aspects to this team and now we must enjoy this great victory against Juve.''

Leonardo replaced Carlo Ancelotti at the helm this summer and endured a difficult start. The team eventually found their stride and are now eight points behind city rivals Inter with a game in hand.

"I don't know if we are at the level of Inter,'' said Galliani. "But I don't want to think about them. We are Milan and they are Inter.''