Sunday March 18 2018
Gattuso: ‘Train poorly, stay at home’

Rino Gattuso warns his Milan players that they will not be included in his plans if they don’t train well.

The Rossoneri edged past Chievo 3-2 this afternoon, but they did so without forward Nikola Kalinic, excluded from the squad for a seeming lack of commitment in training.

And speaking post-match at the San Siro, Gattuso confirmed he would not tolerate anything less than 100 per cent from his players.

“Tomorrow is another day and in football you cannot have any resentment,” the former midfielder said of Kalinic.

“I have 25 players and the rule is the same for everyone.

“During the two hours of training they need to put everything into it. I want to see professionalism and commitment on the pitch.

“Whoever doesn’t train well stays at home. Every match we are playing for something important, for us all matches are fundamental.”

Milan’s latest win takes them clear in sixth place, five points short of fourth placed Inter in the final Champions League qualifying place.

“We have expended a lot in recent months. We know that some players are not at 100 per cent.

“We knew that we would have to suffer during the match. We were slow a lot of times, we made a lot of mistakes in trying to play out.

“At the moment we can’t make mistakes. If we want to fight for a Champions League place, draws don’t do us any good.

“We need to recover our energy and take things one game at a time.”

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