Galliani calls for Milan-Inter XI

The Rossoneri CEO has revealed that he would love to see his club team up with their San Siro rivals to play the likes of ‘Real-Atletico’ in friendly games every summer

Adriano Galliani has floated the idea AC Milan joining forces with Inter to form a single side to take on mixed teams from other European cities.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s ‘Derby della Madonnina’ at the Giuseppe Meazza, the Rossoneri CEO revealed that he can see no reason why the San Siro rivals could not unite every summer for money-spinning exhibition games.

“Imagine setting up a ‘rossonerazzurra’ squad in order to challenge the representatives of all of the other cities that have derbies,” the 70-year-old Galliani is quoted as saying by the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Milan against Madrid, shall we say. Although maybe a Real-Atletico mix should be avoided at this time [because of the strength of both sides]!

“However, if you want to put on an on-field show? Maybe Barcelona? Though perhaps Espanyol are a couple of steps below Barca at the moment.

“But, in England, I would like to think of United and City coming together to create one Manchester squad.

“It would be very difficult also in this case, but for us Milanesi …”

Galliani’s idea is not a new one, as Milan and Inter have joined forces before.

Indeed, a representative XI faced DFC Prag the day after the very first ‘Derby della Madonnina’, which took place on September 19, 1926.

However, Milan and Inter have not united since December 17, 1980, when they were beaten 2-1 by Bayern Munich in a friendly arranged to raise money for those affected by an earthquake in the Italian region of Irpinia.