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?