Sunday February 3 2019
Gattuso: 'Milan better after the break'

Gennaro Gattuso concedes Roma “might’ve deserved more” from the 1-1 draw, but reserved praise for Milan hitman Krzysztof Piatek.

“I think we played well. Roma deserved more from the first half, as we kept sterile possession, but I think we emerged in the second half and did well.

“Perhaps on points, Roma might’ve deserved more, but they are a great side with immense talent and I knew it would be difficult,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

Nicolò Zaniolo scored the equaliser straight after the restart, as Piatek had put Milan in front.

“Piatek is a player who frightens the opponents and when the passing channels open up, he makes the defenders backtrack, which creates spaces we can work in. He is in great form and helping us a lot at the moment.

“I thought our first half was very bad, while in the second we wasted many promising opportunities by making the wrong choices or passes. The spaces were there and we didn’t find them.

“Roma have quality and physicality, so we suffered a little, but I remain happy with the performance. As I said, I admit Roma probably deserved a little more, but I really liked the second half performance.

“Suso has great technique and he likes to embroider a bit rather than go for the kill, but that’s what he enjoys and it often helps him, so we can’t change his characteristics.”

There was also a penalty appeal when Suso went down under a shove from Aleksandar Kolarov.

"It's fine. It is what it is. If they didn't give the penalty, then it must not have been a foul."

Gattuso embraced Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi after the final whistle.

“We shared a wonderful experience together in the World Cup in 2006. I’ve aged horribly, he looks great. I think he’s only six or seven years younger and I look like his Dad.”

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