Gennaro Gattuso took responsibility for Milan’s 2-0 Europa League defeat to Rijeka. “We are fragile and cannot react to the first sign of difficulty.”
The Rossoneri had been unbeaten in Europe this season, managing seven wins and two draws including the preliminary rounds, but were humiliated by a team that has already been knocked out.
“It hurts and we have to reflect after this,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia just days after a 2-2 draw at Benevento on his debut.
“I am the one responsible today, as I chose to field this line-up. We are too fragile and we give the sensation that we cannot react to the first sign of difficulty. We have got to improve quickly.
“I made these choices to give some minutes to those who haven’t played as much and I’d do it again. On Sunday we have a very important match against Bologna, then there’s the Coppa Italia.”
The result proved irrelevant, as the Diavolo topped the group anyway.
Gattuso was asked if the current issues inside the club, including the reports of UEFA rejecting their Financial Fair Play voluntary agreement proposal, had affected the team.
“We’ve got more than enough problems within the squad. The club situations have nothing to do with me and I don’t think there are any.”
This evening, Milan failed to get a single shot on target against Rijeka.
“We must be able to get a result and play good football. There is something good today, as we had a lot of possession, we tried to attack the space and had a lot of corners.
“Errors can happen, but we can’t seem to react or stay focused for 90 minutes.”