Saturday December 23 2017
Gattuso: 'I'm not Milan problem'

Gennaro Gattuso said he would resign “if I thought I was the problem, but I am the least of Milan’s problems. We are not a team.”

The Rossoneri are in crisis and spending the last few days in a training retreat made little difference, as they lost 2-0 at home to Atalanta.

“Many things didn’t work, though at the start we had the right approach. Once we went behind, it turned into an uphill struggle,” Gattuso told Mediaset Premium after a long meeting with Milan directors.

There were reports this week that the Coach had offered his resignation, but the club turned it down.

“It’s a complicated situation, the fans are protesting and we can’t think of continuing the season like this. But I don’t see people holding back or not trying to give their best. I see people who give their all, but evidently we are fragile.

“Today I am the Milan Coach, but I am the least of our problems. It’s not just about fitness levels, but here is also the psychological component. When we are doing is not enough, we must become a team and to do that we need to make fewer mistakes.

“If I thought that I was the problem, then I would resign immediately. If I thought the players weren’t behind me, I’d resign. But that’s not it.

“We lack determination, hunger and grit. I also think we should stop making comparisons with the past. There were different players and a different club. We have to focus on the present, a present full of difficulties which we must all find a way out of together.”

Milan have gone behind eight times this season and lost all eight, never even managing to snatch a point from a losing situation.

“We are always here trying to explain why incidents go against us, but at times we make mistakes that create these situations.

“When I say we are not a team, I mean it and I can see it. When we run into difficult moments, we cannot react. It’s simply a fact. It’s not the fault of individual players.”

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