New Catania Coach Maurizio Pellegrino admired his team’s “approach, concentration and attitude” against Milan.
Riccardo Montolivo’s long-range shot proved decisive in a 1-0 result at San Siro, which moved the Sicilians closer to relegation.
“We are certainly satisfied with the approach, concentration and attitude throughout the game. This is what we want to see from now to the end of the season,” Pellegrino told Sky Sport Italia.
“Catania were different today, much more dynamic and focused, so it’s right to give credit to the team for making life difficult for Milan.
“We did have some important opportunities that we should’ve taken differently. There were also a few shots that were off target, but many of the problems we’ve had this season were tied to an excessively-defensive approach.
“If we have a little more quality when finishing too, then we’d have more points in the table.
“At this moment we don’t have a support striker ready. We had Pablo Barrientos as a provider and wanted Plasil and Leto to push up too. If Bergessio is supported by his teammates, then he can do well up there on his own.”
Pellegrino was promoted from the youth academy to replace Rolando Maran, who was fired for the second time this season.
“I had already made a lifestyle choice, working with the youth academy at Catania, which I firmly believe in.
“There are five games to go and that is a lot in Serie A. The objective is to work hard, keep a clear head and terminate the season in a professional and dignified manner. That is what Catania and the club deserve.”