Berlusconi questions Mancini deal
AC Milan needs to bounce back from a three-game winless streak and
is hoping newly signed midfielder Amantino Mancini can help despite
club president and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi questioning
Milan takes on Bologna on Saturday, and Berlusconi isn’t
happy at signing Mancini from city rival and Serie A leader Inter
“He’s been inactive for two years and he’s another
playmaker,” Berlusconi said of the Brazilian. “We need someone who
scores goals, a finisher.”
Told about Berlusconi’s comments, Mancini responded: “I know.
I’ve got to get back in form. When you don’t play for a long time
you tend to gain some weight. But this is the ideal place to bounce
back and find my game. Milan plays with the ball on the ground and
However, as Berlusconi points out, Milan already has three
playmakers in Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf and Andrea Pirlo.
Milan was beat 2-0 by Inter in the derby two weeks ago, was
then eliminated from the Italian Cup by Udinese before being held
to a 1-1 draw by Livorno last weekend.
Mancini, who was a key member of AS Roma’s attack before
transferring to Inter in 2008, played a total of seven games in the
first half of this season with Inter.
“I had a difficult year with Inter, then I threw away another
six months,” Mancini said. “Over the summer, Mourinho told me to
stay because he believed in me, but then I hardly ever played and
sometimes I wasn’t even included in the squad.”
At forward, Marco Borriello is expected back after taking a
knock to the head against Livorno.
Milan is tied with Roma for second, eight points behind
The Serie A leader edged Fiorentina 1-0 in the opening leg of
the Italian Cup semifinals Wednesday and now hosts a Cagliari side
with a goalkeeping crisis.
First-choice Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is
injured and backup Cristiano Lupatelli is also unavailable, causing
the Sardinian club to purchase Michael Agazzi from Serie B side
Agazzi could make his Serie A debut against Inter.
Roma faced Udinese in the other Italian Cup semifinal
Thursday, then visits Fiorentina in the Sunday night game.
Struggling Juventus plays Livorno in new coach Alberto
Zaccheroni’s second match in charge.
Juve was held to a 1-1 draw by Lazio last weekend in
Zaccheroni’s debut, the Turin club’s fifth consecutive game without
“I think from here on forward we’re going to see the team
improving,” Zaccheroni said. “It’s going to be a crescendo.”
Also this weekend, it’s: Palermo vs. Parma; Atalanta vs.
Bari; Genoa vs. Chievo Verona; Lazio vs. Catania; Siena vs.
Sampdoria; and Udinese vs. Napoli.