Sunday April 15 2018
Gattuso: 'Milan raised the bar'

Gennaro Gattuso was “very happy” with the Milan performance to hold Napoli 0-0 and praised Gianluigi Donnarumma for more than just the save.

“We’re happy. We knew Napoli would have chances and keep the ball, but we did well. We have to improve in many respects, but this performance can help raise the bar,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“I am very, very happy with the way we interpreted the game, we could’ve won or lost against an excellent opponent.”

There was some tension at the final whistle on the touchline, most of it between Lucas Biglia and Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri.

“I got into enough trouble as a player… I don’t want to get involved as a Coach. I have to set a good example.

“I like the way Donnarumma played with great calm, playing out from the back and not just his late save. I thought his overall performance was excellent and he showed no fear under pressure.

“When you ask the striker to do the dirty work for his team, as we did Nikola Kalinic today, it’s going to take something away from our finishing.

“I think we defended very well with a defensive partnership that had only played together in the Cup this season.”

Are Milan still in the running for the Champions League places?

“We’ll keep hoping as long as it’s mathematically possible, but to be honest, it’s very, very difficult at this stage. There are only six rounds to go, we’re quite far away and it’d be extremely tricky to achieve that. We’ll push hard, not losing to a side like Napoli is already a step forward and we need to raise the bar a little more.”

Jose Callejon has been linked with a move to Milan, while it’s reported Pepe Reina has already agreed terms for a free transfer.

“I talk only about the players in my squad. If and when new faces arrive, I’ll talk about them, but right now I consider my playrs the best in the world.”

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