Thursday February 22 2018
Gattuso: 'Milan better in defence now'

Gennaro Gattuso confirmed he has been “focusing on defending in training” and appreciated their clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Ludogorets.

The 3-0 first leg away victory had already made the end result relatively obvious in this Europa League Round of 32 tie, but Fabio Borini added another at San Siro for 4-0 on aggregate.

“I am happy we kept a clean sheet, as that’s something I was focusing on in training lately,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s good that nobody had cramp after 90 minutes, but it’s about attitude too. I am very, very happy with the growth of the team and those who haven’t played as much and ensured they were ready when called.

“We have to take it one game at a time, prepare for a very difficult match against Roma on Sunday. It’s true Shakhtar Donetsk hadn’t played for two months due to the winter break, but Roma dominated them for 45 minutes.

“Andre Silva did what we asked. He didn’t have the finish, but did everything else. Patrick Cutrone worked in a role that is not really his, but he can do and we’ll look at that again in future.

“When you work on defence in training, players do sulk a bit, as did I when I was a player, but the fewer goals we concede, the more eager they are to work on defending. We are improving, we no longer have players running in all different directions, we close down the ball more. We’re getting better, but not there yet.”

Gattuso was asked about his future after director Massimiliano Mirabelli said that he couldn’t imagine a future without him.

“You have to ask the club that. I always give the same answers, because it’s what I believe. It is a great honour for me to be the Milan Coach. It’s a lot of pressure and responsibility too, but I like that. I am eternally grateful to Mirabelli and Fassone for giving me this opportunity and I hope it continues.”

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