"The situation is pitch black. This is the first real crisis since I took over and, in fact, it's the worst since I became President of this club," stated Berlusconi, who has been at the helm for 20 years.

Milan have collected just four points from their last five Serie A matches and were shocked 2-1 in the Champions League at Celtic on Wednesday night.

"I think some of the causes are refereeing errors and a certain amount of bad luck. I confidently await the return to fitness of Ronaldo and Alexandre Pato's debut. His teammates have spoken very highly of him."