Former AC Milan defender Christian Panucci has jumped to the defence of Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani.

Galliani is coming under huge pressure with Milan in full-blown crisis mode.

After their defeat to Champions League opponents Barcelona, Panucci said of Galliani: "He's the champion of executives.

"We can say he is the soul of the great Milan, a man who treats the players like his children, a great manager.

"This moment of crisis does not detract from what has been done by this man in 30 years at Milan."

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