Berlusconi: AC Milan suffers without me

The Rossoneri owner has pledged to spend more time at San Siro, claiming that he inspired the Serie A side to a dramatic third-place finish last season.
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has claimed that Massimiliano Allegri's men are suffering because he has not played as active a role in the running of the club this season.

Saturday's 2-2 draw with Livorno left the Rossoneri ninth in the standings, a whopping 22 points behind leader Juventus, and 14 adrift of the Champions League places. Consequently, Berlusconi has pledged to spend more time at San Siro in order to help the club through this rough patch.

"When I am not dealing with AC Milan, they go wrong," the club's honorary president told the Corriere dello Sport. "Last year, after a disastrous start, I was more interested in Milan and we nabbed third place. I believe the team need extra care today, too."

Despite its poor domestic form, Milan can seal a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League if it avoids defeat at home to Ajax on Wednesday.