Gennaro Gattuso gave credit to Milan players for their turnaround this season. “Right now it’s easy to be their Coach, but tomorrow we start from scratch.”
The Rossoneri have been transformed since he replaced Vincenzo Montella, unbeaten in 10 competitive games and climbing to joint sixth place with tonight’s 1-0 win over Sampdoria.
Only 10 rounds ago, they were 18 points adrift of city rivals Inter, but the gap now stands at seven points.
“I will always remain heart and grit. The credit goes to the lads, as they just needed a spark to get them inflamed,” Gattuso told Mediaset Premium.
“I see a real sense of belonging and the greatest satisfaction a Coach can have is to see his lads do everything he asks. After that, it becomes credit to them. They are the protagonists and I merely propose ideas.
“I want the players to run under the Curva to salute the fans, as it’s right that they do that without their Coach. They are doing so well and right now it’s easy for me to be their Coach. Tomorrow, however, is another day and we start from scratch. My work is to be the players’ nightmare until the end of the season.
“I didn’t expect anything when I arrived, I just knew I’d been handed a hot potato. I like to suffer, I don’t enjoy things that are too easy, so I chose Milan because this is my home. I wore this jersey for 14 years, it’s a part of me. Working here is wonderful and we’ll see how it ends.”
Gattuso paid special attention to Ricardo Rodriguez, reassuring him after an early penalty was parried by Emiliano Viviano.
“He acted as if something disastrous had happened. Diego Maradona missed penalties too, imagine if Rodriguez doesn’t.”