Milan’s training retreat had little effect, as they were well-beaten 2-0 at San Siro by Atalanta, including ex-Rossoneri man Bryan Cristante.
Gennaro Gattuso goes into the Christmas break with the crisis intensifying, as this was a head-to-head for position just behind the European places.
Cristante pounced on a Gianluigi Donnarumma spill to score against his former club and in the second half Josip Ilicic finished off a smart counter-attack created by Papu Gomez and Leonardo Spinazzola.
Both in the Europa League, but with a miniscule budget in comparison, Atalanta are now three points clear of Milan.
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