Ivan Gazidis put out a statement after the win at SPAL and the failure to reach the Champions League.
Despite tonight’s win, we are disappointed to have fallen short of UEFA Champions League qualification. The team fought hard to the very end and I want to thank each and every one of them for all of their remarkable efforts this season, having overcome several injuries and other setbacks along the way.
We actually finished the season with the highest points in the League since 2012/13. We now look forward to playing in the UEFA Europa League for the third year in a row, and I’m confident the team will continue to grow and achieve success.
I’ve been sincerely impressed by the extraordinary support from all our fans throughout the season. They’ve been consistently positive and upbeat, even in our darkest moments, lifting us each and every time. I want to thank them all.
We shall dedicate the next few days to analysing the whole season and decide the next steps for the growth of our Club.
There has to be some changes at the club going forward, as losing twice to Inter in a season coupled with throwing away Champions League football with some dire stretches of football that resulted in some poor results cannot stand. Gennaro Gattuso has been rumored to be leaving the club regardless of Champions League qualification, and we’ll see what happens now.
On to the links.
AC Milan and Italian Football Links
Milan beat SPAL 3-2 but still miss out on next year’s Champions League. [AC Milan Offside]
World Football Links
Tigres UNAL beat León to win their 7th Liga MX title. [FMF State of Mind]