Monday February 26 2018
So wrong on Gattuso

Even the most optimistic of Milan fans didn't think Gennaro Gattuso would transform them tactically as well as psychologically, writes Susy Campanale.

Did not see that coming. Gennaro Gattuso’s sudden revitalisation of a Milan that looked lost under Vincenzo Montella. The very fact Ringhio has become a fine tactician as well as a leader who would give the players both metaphorical and literal kicks up the backside. That Davide Calabria of all people could score his first professional goal with a delicate chip over the best ‘keeper in Serie A right now.

Who knew Montella, the man who everyone liked to say had a very Spanish style of forward-thinking tactics, would be so utterly eclipsed by Gattuso? The same Gattuso who was fired by FC Sion and Palermo within a few weeks. The Gattuso who when handed the Milan bench was treated with the same disdain as a shaved monkey in a suit, even by people who really liked him as a player. That guy. It really is a funny old game.

The Diavolo are steamrollering their way through every tournament with growing enthusiasm and have every right to. They are now only seven points off fourth place, which happens to be the same Inter they’ll be facing next week. Anyone who saw the Nerazzurri’s shameful display against Benevento won’t be concerned. Do not let the result fool you, the bottom of the table club were comfortably the better team at San Siro, were denied a penalty and Roberto Gagliardini should’ve seen red.

The way Luciano Spalletti’s men celebrated that success as if it was a turning point, a deserved triumph and a sign of things to come, really should worry Inter supporters, because it’s a false dawn wrapped in a big bow of delusion. They acted the same way after squeezing past nine-man Bologna and that was followed by humiliation at the hands of Genoa.

Gattuso, the one we all made jokes about when he was hired, out-smarted Eusebio Di Francesco and could do the same with Spalletti.

It was great to see Gattuso winding Aleksandar Kolarov up on the touchline when the Roma full-back was trying to take a throw-in, bickering and then making up with a big hug only 10 minutes later. It’s good to remember that is still the same Rino in there, even in a suit, even with the coaching badges and diploma from Coverciano. He can’t quite believe this is all happening to him and, quite frankly, we’re right there with him. Much like many of Gattuso’s sentences in interviews, it shouldn’t make sense, but it works. This is calcio alchemy we are witnessing in real time. 

Who else cannot wait for the Derby della Madonnina?

Have your say...
@Maldini's Heir I have always maintained that Montella lost the plot when, after buying a whole bunch of players, ALSO changed formation. These two changes (personnel and formation) were too drastic and he should have kept what worked for him last year. Selling Kucka was also a mistake, not only because it provides cover for Kessie but also he knows how to play 433.
on the 5th March, 2018 at 2:49pm
@Maldini's Heir Romagnoli played 2 at the back before coming to Milan and Muss also plays 2 at Villareal. In midfield, Biglia and Kessie are the only ones to have played 3 behind them. So effectively personnel-wise we would be only catering for a handful of players. The first game Gattuso coached and kept the 343 he said he never liked anything about the formation and how the players were moving. I agree with him, it has been the smart thing to do and restoring the back 4 has paid dividends.
on the 5th March, 2018 at 2:46pm
@Maldini's Heir The other side to the argument that the personnel is better suited is also false. Hakan has come out and said he doesnt like 3 at the back because he is lost; same with Bona, and also Rodriguez who said he only played 3 at the back in emergency and never liked it. The only person to have played it with success is Bonucci and he himself started out at 2 at the back with Ranocchia when he was at Bari.
on the 5th March, 2018 at 2:44pm
@Maldini's Heir, sorry bud i dont go around reading what you post in other FI blogs lol

Anyways, you're still ragging on the same point i am, and which Milan's footballing results are, contradicting. That is that for "the simple reason" that many other teams play 3 at the back with success doesnt mean we have to as well. On the contrary, based on your logic the top teams in all top 5 leagues (Barca, City, PSG, Juve and Bayern) all play 4 at the back therefore we should play 4 as well to succeed
on the 5th March, 2018 at 2:40pm
hahahahaha great observation.
on the 2nd March, 2018 at 1:43pm

"As for Gattuso and this win streak, its all luck ...I think he has no clue on how to coach any club."

Yes mate 14 without a loss and not conceding the last 5, beating away both Roma AND LAZIO and knocking out Inter from the cup is ALL luck..

You dont rely on numbers much do you..
on the 1st March, 2018 at 1:21pm
Hey look, I’d like for ACM to comeback to the powerhouse club and glory it once was. Sadly truth is, I dont think it’ll ever happen 100%. With all the big money spendings/signings anything less than 3rd place / champions league spot will be a huge failure. That said if they were to win Coppa,and Europa that would be impressive...and a great diving board to reigniting the flames. As for Gattuso and this win streak, its all luck ...I think he has no clue on how to coach any club.
on the 1st March, 2018 at 6:18am
Hey viktor u said The fact you're using different smilies in a post prove how much of a nerd you are. Who cares about Juve's financials.BTW, that post above is from someone else. I am not a Juve fan but an Inter fan and you should care about the finances because Milan no longer has the deep pockets of that crooked belosconi to fund Milan like back in the 80s This current team is in some serious financial trouble that best case scenario they won't be allowed to play in UEFA worst case no serie A
on the 28th February, 2018 at 6:46pm
I'll be honest. Gattuso looks like he's farting in this picture.
on the 28th February, 2018 at 6:09pm

"Enjoy:) Your all very welcome;)"

The fact you're using different smilies in a post prove how much of a nerd you are. Who cares about Juve's financials.
on the 28th February, 2018 at 11:19am
Heard Milan announced a loss in finances.

Juventus made a profit last season of €162m


Enjoy:) Your all very welcome;)
on the 28th February, 2018 at 4:31am
@ Cafu speaks The best team they beat was Lazio.
on the 27th February, 2018 at 11:33pm
The best team they beat since he took over was a struggling 5th place Roma. When the waters get deeper, we'll see what you have to say about this average tactician who's been fired from Palermo, Pisa, Sion, and Crete.
on the 27th February, 2018 at 10:33pm
its amazing how in 3mnths milan fans and the players dare to believe again. Montella ruined dont need a uefa pro coaching licence to know you center your tactics to suit the player you have, not the other way round. gattuso keep on keeping on.
on the 27th February, 2018 at 9:42pm
Love you Susy and your commentary! Keep up the good laughs coming! Cheers!

Forza Inter
on the 27th February, 2018 at 6:35pm
Milan must learn to walk before it can run !!!

The real FOLLY would be to think otherwise.

This Milan side is still "seconda fascia" in the Serie A rankings.
on the 27th February, 2018 at 1:19pm
This team was already talented. Young, motivated players that just needed some grit, desire and freedom to play. Football doesn't have to be complicated with tactical mental blockage like Montella or Spalletti is creating at Inter. Now Milan should be looking for quality subs and fostering leaders among the team. Keep building....this best sums up MIlan, Gattuso and our future..where is maldini's heir by the way?
on the 27th February, 2018 at 9:07am

"AC MILAN finances will lead them to get relegated. Bunch of losers"

Thanks for the input, now go back to study 7th grade math while chewing on a tide pod.

Kids these days, not respect what so ever.
on the 27th February, 2018 at 8:49am

I have read articles in which they suggest a strong interest by Allegri in BONAVENTURA.

Personally, I hope that they are without foundation.

Already they complain:
"final of the CL and Allegri sends in Sturaro"

" top CL match in the CL against Spurs and Allegri tries to improve things introducing Sturaro"

We MUST be able to really have a few aces up our sleeve!
Even though you have to account for injuries, and Bonaventura would fill a gap in the Coppa Italia+Serie A.
on the 27th February, 2018 at 7:49am
Anonymous Inter fans speaking of Milan falling off pace. Are you guys that scared of this team, their form and their players?
on the 27th February, 2018 at 6:41am
Milan's optimistic fans are right!
This "good" moment is only a respite.
Let's not get carried away.............
Gattuso ain't THE MAN !!!
on the 27th February, 2018 at 5:39am
but it just feels like Gattuso's Milan are made of stronger stuff. But the thing that I've been hoping for the most in the last 10 years, with the numerous iterations of Milan and the hundreds of players that were signed and written off by fans and the media, is that one manager would take the club by the reigns and actually make those players play to their potential. If Gattuso does anything I hope he stops the constant changing every transfer window. Let's enjoy these players for 10 years
on the 27th February, 2018 at 2:52am
For me, what has lead to this transformation is 3 things: a) better training particularly fitness and defensive work; b) Gattuso picking a consistent line up; c) the result being a tighter, more coherent unit on the pitch. One of the things that suggests that this is not some flash in the pan is just how much control Milan exercise over games now. Roma, at home, didn't trouble us in the slightest. Now of course the wheels could come off again any minute and we'll be back the depths of despair
on the 27th February, 2018 at 2:48am
for the simple reason that that is the formation which they played in their previous clubs where they performed better. Judging by some of the comments about Montella's training (or lack thereof) I'm even less convinced it was the formation that caused the problems. Gattuso prefers 433. Big deal (although we still need to do something about our lack of pace and the lack of space this gives the likes of Musacchio, Locatelli and Silva). That is not what has lead to this transformation.
on the 27th February, 2018 at 2:37am
@ Maldini's Better Heir I've already owned up to being wrong on the other blog. I think we're all owning up. That's the point of this exact article. Although the issue is a little more subtle than Gattuso's preference for 433 over 343. I still maintain it's possible to win with 3 at the back for the simple reason that there are many, many teams that play that formation with great success. I still think it's the formation that suits the majority of the players.
on the 27th February, 2018 at 2:27am
Lol Gattuso copied Inzaghi their only a 4-3-3 in possession he realized very fast how Bonucci was NO Chiellini, and changed his tactics to copy a manager that is way ahead of him , also note Milan beat lazio with a handball goal and had assistance from VArgogna against sampdoria , now they beat a mentally weak Roma team starting Schlick against Bonucci , now play lazio at home without thier subs or them having play 4 games in 10 days let’s see what happens to Milan
on the 27th February, 2018 at 2:18am
Say what you like about Milan falling off or this or that, Rino has truly turned us around, we're winning games convincingly and playing well.

Inter fans say whatever you like, we will finish above you and get to hear all the excuses of why you blew your once 18 point lead over us.

Grazie Rino
on the 26th February, 2018 at 11:00pm
Also well done again to gattuso. Lets get back to the old rivalry with juve and milan fighting for the top. Gosh knows the rest of you losers are making it so boring for juve even napoli has a shot hahahahahaha
on the 26th February, 2018 at 6:58pm
Much as i hate to admit it milan is the only team beside juve thats worth a damn. If i didnt hate bonucci so much i would even cheer you guys on lol. If gattuso can emulate conte and do the best with the players he has, they will be a force soon enough. If milan starts attracting star players next season could be tough. I bash a lot lol but i also give credit where it is due.dont know why but i wish italy was in the wc. Would have liked to see bernardeshi and cutrone. Damn shame.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 6:53pm
Inter is gonna smack AC Milan. It often happens where a team gets a new coach and the team does well for awhile but once the honeymoon is over it all goes bad again. AC MILAN has topped out and INTER Milan has bottomed. AC MILAN finances will lead them to get relegated. Bunch of losers
on the 26th February, 2018 at 6:34pm

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