Gennaro Gattuso praised Milan for “giving everything” in the victory over Lazio, but revealed he “gave myself a thigh strain” during the final brawl.
The match was decided by a Franck Kessie penalty, although the Aquile had appeals of their own in stoppages.
“In order to play against Lazio, you need to take this approach. You need pace, technique and physicality,” the Coach told DAZN.
“We already showed a week ago against Juve that we were improving, while tonight we won the battle in midfield and did well to bring it home. The team did its duty.
“The lads have to fight for the jersey. Coaches come and go, the club remains. It was our duty to put in a strong performance and we have to compliment these lads who, despite their tender age, are giving everything. Negative moments are inevitable, but we are back to winning ways.”
A brawl broke out after the final whistle, with Luiz Felipe and Fabio Borini apparently at the centre of it.
“I even gave myself a thigh strain running over to calm everyone down! I was on the bench, I saw some words were flying between the sets of players. The important thing is that it ends there.
“When I was a player, this sort of thing fired me up, but now I see it with different eyes and am too old for that. Plus, if I launch a slap, I’m very likely to get one back and they’ve all been to the gym more than me…”
Alessio Romagnoli and Davide Calabria both limped off at the same time, so are there injury concerns for Milan?
“No, it was nothing muscular for Romagnoli, he just got a knock and couldn’t bend the muscle, so he asked to be substituted.”