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Milan Manager Gattuso praises the Rossoneri defence

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Gennaro Gattuso spoke about Milan’s 1-0 victory over Ludogorets in the Europa League Round of 32.

Milan progressed through into the Last 16 of the Europa League yesterday evening thanks to 1-0 win, courtesy of a Fabio Borini goal. The Rossoneri won the first leg 3-0 last Thursday in Bulgaria and this put the Italian outfit in a comfortable position ahead of the encounter.

Gattuso spoke to Sky Sport Italia after his side won 1-0 and extended their undefeated streak to 11 games in all competitions.

“I am happy we kept a clean sheet, as that’s something I was focusing on in training lately, it’s good that nobody had cramp after 90 minutes, but it’s about attitude too. I am very, very happy with the growth of the team and those who haven’t played as much and ensured they were ready when called. Andre Silva did what we asked, he didn’t have the finish, but did everything else. Patrick Cutrone worked in a role that is not really his, but he can do and we’ll look at that again in future. We have to take it one game at a time, prepare for a very difficult match against Roma on Sunday. It’s true Shakhtar Donetsk hadn’t played for two months due to the winter break, but Roma dominated them for 45 minutes.”

Gattuso then proceeded to speak about how solid his side have become in the defensive aspect of their game and noted that he had been focusing on defending in training.

“When you work on defence in training, players do sulk a bit, as did I when I was a player, but the fewer goals we concede, the more eager they are to work on defending. We are improving, we no longer have players running in all different directions, we close down the ball more. We’re getting better, but not there yet.”

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