Galliani: Torres is goal shy but he’ll come good

The AC Milan chief insists he is satisfied with the striker despite him scoring just once since joining and says coach Filippo Inzaghi has impressed Silvio Berlusconi

Galliani defends goal-shy Torres

The 30-year-old has only scored one goal – against Empoli in September – from seven Serie A appearances since arriving at San Siro from Chelsea.

However, Galliani has confirmed reports that the former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid star has been playing while suffering with an ankle injury for much of the campaign and also said a lot of Torres’ all-round team play does not get recognised.

“I think that this problem with Torres’ ankle has really held him back so far,” Galliani told MilanNews .

“When you get injured at your peak it is normal that it takes time to get back to your usual condition.

“I like Torres because he makes the right movements. In the game against Verona look at the goal where Keisuke Honda scored on Stephan El Shaarawy’s assist.

“A more selfish striker would have tried to get the ball but his run took a defender away from his team-mate.”

Galliani said club owner Silvio Berlusconi was reasonably pleased with Milan’s start to the 2014-15 campaign, rating coach Filippo Inzaghi’s performance at eight out of 10 and that of the players at seven out of 10.

“Berlusconi gave one mark to the team and another to the coach,” he continued

“At this moment it is seven to the players and eight to the coach. He is conveying positivity.

“His main advice is scoring goals and he told the players something he also told Mario Balotelli about winning and scoring.”

Milan face Palermo at San Siro on Sunday having drawn four of their last six matches and Galliani said he was reasonably satisfied with their position in the table.

He said: “We are separated by six points from Juventus and Roma. There is a gap there but it is not that many points.”

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