NEWS
Wednesday December 27 2017
Gattuso: 'Milan breathing room'

Gennaro Gattuso warns Milan’s Coppa Italia success against Inter “does not resolve all our problems, but it does give us breathing room.”

A goal in extra time from teenage striker Patrick Cutrone proved enough to beat Inter and set up a Coppa Italia Semi-Final appointment with Lazio in January and February.

“We were coming off a negative period, so this game was fundamental,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

“I knew from day one what I was going into with the Milan job. It’s a big club that won for many years and changed a lot of players recently. We are struggling, but this side has quality and was at times missing that bile. We showed tonight that we can battle it out and then the quality emerges.

“I want to compliment all the lads. I won everything as a player, but as a Coach I’m well aware that I’m just starting out. I worked in Cyprus, at Pisa, I’ve been through it all, but I am happy not at Milan and the club is planning things very well.

“In January I’ll turn 40, so I still think like a player, believing that with hunger and a sense of belonging, you can go far.

“I don’t hold back, if I have something to say to someone, I’ll say it to their face. There’s a lot of work to be done, we’d be hypocrites to say this victory resolves all our problems, but it does give us some breathing room.

“Perhaps I am the worst Coach in Serie A, but I always want to win, even playing in the garden with my son. I want my lads to prove that what I saw tonight was not a fluke, then we’ll take it one game at a time.

“Now there are two difficult games coming up in Serie A and we need points to climb the table. I didn’t see much difference between this performance and the defeat to Atalanta. Some might call me crazy for saying that. We had the game with Verona in hand too until we conceded the first goal like dummies.

“This is a team that does well until it runs into the first hurdle and today we overcame the hurdles.”