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. 

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Have your say...
Goes to show you that you can't judge a book by its cover... everything you mentioned had to do with the way he looks, comports himself - all superficial things.. fact is, italy's best tacticians right now seem to be tenacious "blue-collar" types (Conte being the most obvious...)

Never underestimate anyone until you know them...
on the 26th February, 2018 at 4:28pm
So many positives from the game. Milan looked like a real machine grinding up its prey. Romagnoli was incredible. Perfect partnership forming with Bonucci.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 4:15pm
Gattuso is doing well now, but let's be honest, he will be fired sometime around winter this year. Then Milan will get in someone else as a stop gap solution, who will turn things around for a while, before being fired. It's a vicious cycle.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 4:09pm
Derby is the end for all of this beautiful enthusiasm
everyone who followed Roma matches would know that they are in big trouble right now.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 3:42pm
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.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 3:10pm
Btw where's Maldini's Heir???? how's that 433 working out for Milan now? Still prefer 3 at the back?.....couch managers...think they know football; like a formation is the only thing that wins games. smh
on the 26th February, 2018 at 2:20pm
@KO99 it's a derby....from goes out the window. Inter could win, Milan could win.

I was also skeptical of Gattuso's appointment but i am very happy it worked out well. However now comes the hard part...a trip to Lazio (hopefully he rests Bona, Hakan and Kessie and plays the "backups" Loca, Monty) and then Inter.

I have a feeling that change in diet by Montella to vegetarian caused the fitness issues; you need to refuel with carbs and proper protein.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 2:18pm

"if Milan want to be great again then they must get Conte or Ancellotti"

Nothing else will do?

Ill take 12 games without a loss and 5 concecutive games without conceding..

At this point the only team in Italy that are doing better than Milan right now or same is Napoli Juve..
on the 26th February, 2018 at 1:28pm
I for one have had to eat my words! But i'm glad that I have had to. Rino is doing a great job, and long may it continue!
on the 26th February, 2018 at 1:13pm
We all knew he had grit, we all knew he had determination, we all knew he had desire....but we did not know he had the ability to completely transform a talented but underperforming team tactically! Gattuso has led Milan to some great results, BUT,the key is if he can lead them to glory! A EL trophy/Coppa Italia trophy would CONFIRM he is the real deal! He is doing it with a group of young Italian players and some key foreigners and Rino Gattuso deserves utmost RESPECT!
on the 26th February, 2018 at 1:07pm
Gattuso is excellent and will go on to be one of Italy's best managers. Learnt from Ancelotti. He has taught players what it means to put on the Milan colours. they now fight and play with pride! Need him from Italy I think!
on the 26th February, 2018 at 12:19pm
before you accuse susy of being a "fan boy" she also wrote a article before the champion league final telling all calcio fans to suck it up and to back juve.

i have to admit i wasn't prepared for gattuso to be apt with his tactics i knew he would get the team motivated he has always achieved this as a player or manager. Still a tough 5 weeks coming up inter arsenal x2 lazio juve plus games against genoa and chievo. Lets see where milan is at the beginning of april.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 11:14am
Great manager or the players have decided to play?The latter I would say.
Gattuso is not the answer and if Milan want to be great again then they must get Conte or Ancellotti.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 10:42am
gattuso is suprising,inter is underdog this time. the team which can handle the pressure will win the derby.and inter is feeling under so much pressure,they are nervous even when playing in front of their fan.but derby is always unpredictable.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 9:34am
What a delightful Monday...
on the 26th February, 2018 at 8:50am
I wish Gattuso the best (from a Juve fan). Always admired the guy and thought they are gonna just use him and throw away. I hope he keeps up the good work. He is your Conte and we know really well how this resurrection by a club symbol feels, oh we do! :) Just a note, don't call any goalkeeper the best in Serie A only because of 3-4 good games. The TWO best goalkeepers in Serie A without ANY doubt both play for the same team ;) In bocca al lupo, Ringhio!
on the 26th February, 2018 at 8:05am
Hey Susy, tell your friends to get a qualified writer. This site is getting hilarious day after day, you know?

That Ciro di Brita wrote this:
"Milan’s 4-4-3 was better than Roma’s 4-4-3/ 4-2-4".

WTH is 4-4-3??
on the 26th February, 2018 at 7:46am
That incedent with Kolarov was priceless. Kolarov was trying to bully Cutrone moments before, so Gattuso stepped in and dealt with him, showing him who's the boss lol

I was sure it was the wrong decision to appoint him after Montella, I mean look at his career resume before, but would do I know? He has completely transformed this team and they'really getting better and more confident with each passing day. Now I want him to beat Inter and get past Arsenal now, but after reaching the Coppa final
on the 26th February, 2018 at 7:19am
Finally, FI management please read this article which is a fanboy piece about Milan, fair enough everyone knows where FI's sympathies lie. But why does SC bring Inter into the article, and slander them in doing so?
on the 26th February, 2018 at 5:36am
Also, the Mayo Clinic of Harvard med. school should visit Benevento, career threatening injuries when the score was 0-0 were ran off in a few seconds when the score was 1-0. On that point, I watched Man City v Arsenal yesterday. Morata is not getting away with feigning injury and diving now. Is that what they mean by ' not suited to the EPL'?
on the 26th February, 2018 at 5:32am
Well done to Gattusso though, i would rather see them do well than regulation threatened teams that roll over for some teams and play like Barcelona against the Milan sides. However I worry that his style of management can only bring a side so far. It is the first 10 games of next season that the good will will vanish if results do not follow.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 5:28am
Nice fanboy piece. Now, Gagliardini should have been booked fair enough. How about a comment on the Benevento guys deliberately targeting Raffina? Two should have been off for two yellow cards before half time. Of course this is Italy so this is accepted. Also the Inter celebrations were very subdued at full time, what game was she watching? Also this game and the Bologna games were won before any red cards were issued.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 5:24am
I was extremely skeptical of Gattuso appointment mid-season. I said that the table was irrelevant, as long as Rino restores an identity to this Milan side, he'd be a success.
Well, take a bow, because he's getting points, climbing the table AND forming a strong a unity in the squad.
Grazi Rino!
Could not be more happy to see the kids like Cutrone and Calabria excelling out there. Hopefully Locatelli's time will come soon as well.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 4:26am
Great to see an Italian team where the majority of its starting lineup is made of up Italians. Far too many Italian teams are fielding 1 or 2 Italians (sometimes 0) in their lineups. Italian soccer will rise again only if the young Italian players are given a chance to shine.
on the 26th February, 2018 at 3:43am
Gattuso epitomizes everything that's great about the Calabrese him!!!!
on the 26th February, 2018 at 3:20am
Not gloating, I do want the big 7 to do well in the league to represent Italy well, especially the Milan teams, but where are those Inter fans who mocked us just a few weeks ago?
on the 26th February, 2018 at 3:16am
He he he where was Susy in the past 6 months?? Nowhere to be Milan racked up some wins and Susy could not hold back and had to write a typical pro-milan biased article. And of course, instead of concentrating on the positives of milan, she had to drag Inter into her discussion. How pathetic, unprofessional and childish this is. Pretty shocking that Football-Italia tolerates your mediocracy.

Inter are struggling now but it will be super comical if they end up winning next week :)
on the 26th February, 2018 at 1:01am

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