Monday July 9 2018
Gattuso: Milan preparing for Europe

Gennaro Gattuso insists Milan are preparing ‘with Europe on our minds’ and that Simone Zaza is too similar to Patrick Cutrone.

Speaking at his first Press conference of the new season, Gattuso also touched on a tough 50 days coming into the campaign, Milan new boy Alen Halilovic being used as a central midfielder and who will start in goal after Pepe Reina’s arrival.

“It’s not been an easy 50 days, I can assure you, but I’ve felt much better for the last two days,” began the Coach.

“We’ve talked about football and prepared training in that time. That’s how anxieties pass.

“We must look to the future, we’ve not changed much, but I'm sure some more players will come in.

“We must start again with great enthusiasm and belief in everything we do. We’ll put excuses and problems to one side.

“I feel the pressure but I like it, it doesn’t scare me: I’m the first Milan fan, as well as being the Coach, but I know that alone I can do very little.

“I’d like to say that the club who represent us today, even if there are many problems, have never done anything to the team or I.

“Right now, we have to honour this club and give everything to make it work better. Any specific objectives from Mirabelli and Fassone? Right now they have bigger problems on their plates…

“Mirabelli and Fassone know which types of players are needed to strengthen the team, even if the base is already strong.

“We need a winger, a mezz’ala with the same characteristics as Kessie and a centre-forward. To date, no-one has asked to leave.

“Halilovic the winger we were looking for? I can also see him in the middle. We’re working on it…

“For now, we’re complete. If no-one moves, no one will come in. Of course, talking will be done on the pitch.

“For example, I expect Bacca to come with the desire to sweat and work hard, not with the thought of leaving.

“Silva? I want him more awake, he knows what I expect of him. Kalinic’s World Cup exclusion? He had a hip problem and when he left with his national team, he was still struggling with it. Unfortunately, he made the mistake of not telling his CT.

“Zaza? Cutrone already has his characteristics… Donnarumma or Reina in goal? Whoever’s better will play. It’s better to have two great goalkeepers than one.

“We’re preparing with Europe in our minds: until July 19, when CAS makes a decision, we must think about playing the Europa League.

“New tactical solutions? We’ll start again with 4-3-3. The three in midfield will be certain, but I’m working on something new, maybe during a game: [you can] expect to see a back three.”

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