Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan defeated Roma 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and the manager discussed the win after the match.
Milan have extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions, but face a tough run of fixtures in the next few weeks as they take on Lazio, Inter and Arsenal.
“I like this rapport with the lads. It was a hard-fought game, we suffered a lot in the first half and tried to play different football in the second half, seeking different passing lines. I think Roma are a fine team and we had to fight really hard for this. It’s true the team could’ve done a lot better this season, including early in my reign, because we dropped points against Benevento. I don’t think quality is the difference, because the team has always had that, but it’s the determination and teamwork.”
The Rossoneri outclassed Roma in the second half and thanks to goals from Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria as they won 2-0, Gattuso discusses what he said in the dressing room during the half-time break.
“We played too many balls down predictable lines in the first half and I didn’t like that. I prefer to go down the wings and bring the full-backs into it. Franck Kessie contributed to the goal for Calabria, as he went in there and helped create the space. We like to bring men into the box with movements, both on and off the ball. I also want to stop for a moment and praise the defence, because we always move at the right moment and are united. I am very happy about that.”
The surging San Siro outfit face Lazio in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday and will remain in Rome ahead of the match. The first leg ended in a 0-0 draw in Milano.
“We have a very important match coming up on Wednesday and a target we really care about, reaching the Coppa Italia Final. After that we can think about Inter, Arsenal and so on.”
Gattuso was also asked about the upcoming Europa League Round of 16 clash with Arsenal. The Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup earlier today.
“Arsenal lost today, but we are not Manchester City. We’ve got to put our helmets on and go into battle.”