Gennaro Gattuso has warned Milan ‘not to make fools of ourselves’ when then they face Dudelange in the Europa League on Thursday.
Milan battled to a 1-0 win at Dudelange earlier in the season and can take a huge step towards the last 32 with another victory over the Luxembourgish minnows.
“They know how to play as a team and they made us suffer in Luxembourg,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“That’s why we have to bear in mind the effort we made to earn the three points in our first game with them.
“It’s simple. You just have to look at the group and remember that if we don’t win, we’ve made it really tough for ourselves. I don’t want us to make fools of ourselves.
“Gonzalo has a gift: he knows he’s a big name but lives the dressing room like the others.
“He enjoys himself and conveys enthusiasm but when things don’t go as expected, however, he gets nervous so he must improve in this aspect because his teammates are younger than him and they could end up taking those vibes in.”
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“We’ve experienced many difficulties and if I’m still here after a year then I owe it to these guys,” he continued.
“They’ve created an incredible atmosphere. I talk about everything with the players, from football, personal situations, family problems.
“This team have strengths and weaknesses, but their secret is the great sense of belonging that they breathe.
“I still have room to grow, especially in my management of you journalists and the post-match, but coaching these lads, who are always so enthusiastic, is a walk in the park.
“I heard from Jack before and after his surgery. He’ll spend a month in the US and then he’ll come back:
“He gritted his teeth for 5-6 months and then decided to go under the knife, so we can only thank him for that.
“A new Bonaventura in the squad? Maybe Calhanoglu can do what Jack did as a ‘mezz’ala’.
“He has the characteristics to fit in like Bonaventura did. We’ll see if Musacchio can come back next week and I hope to see Romagnoli him again in two or three.”
Gattuso then revealed he had cleared the air with Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini after the pair clashed last weekend.
“We cleared things up with a couple of text messages, it’s all good,” he concluded.
“He has his problems and I have mine…”