Milan suffer when I'm not there - Berlusconi

The Rossoneri owner has pledged to spend more time at San Siro, claiming that he inspired the Serie A side to a dramatic third-placed finish last term
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has claimed that Massimiliano Allegri's men are currently suffering because he has not play 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 leaders Juventus, and 14 adrift of the Champions League places.

Consequently, Berlusconi has pledged to spend more time at San Siro in order to help them 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 their poor domestic form, Milan can seal a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League if they avoid defeat at home to Ajax on Wednesday night.