Berlusconi: Milan flops should have listened to me

ROME - AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday blamed the club's disappointing season on the failure of the coaching staff to follow his tactical advise.

"This season Milan didn't play with the tactics I suggested," the Italian prime minister said in a television interview on his own Canale 5 channel.

"They only did so in the last game which allowed us to qualify for the Champions League. Games were lost because in the last minutes the team failed to play the way I advised."

Milan finished trophy-less and third in Serie A last season, only clinching a direct Champions League spot after a victory at Fiorentina in their final game.

Berlusconi also slammed the team selection of former coach Carlo Ancelotti, who left the Rossoneri at the end of the season to become the new manager of English club Chelsea.

"We have champions like Ronaldinho who was only used in the last 20 minutes of games and this led to him losing morale," said Berlusconi.

"People buy their ticket to see Ronaldinho on the pitch for the whole match."