Galliani declared yesterday that with Bierhoff in their side, Milan would have beaten Empoli on Saturday, but Ancelotti said: "The two attackers we have (Pippo Inzaghi and Alberto Gilardino) are suffering like the rest of the team at the moment.

"But we have confidence in them.

"In recent seasons we've never had a striker who was known for his aerial threat, yet the results have been positive. Having such a centre-forward is not a prerequisite for winning matches."