Gennaro Gattuso confessed “Lazio deserved to qualify and the fans deserved more tonight. Milan were embarrassed” in the Coppa Italia semi-final.
The first leg ended 0-0 in Rome, meaning the Rossoneri had the risk of away goals counting double, but ended up losing 1-0 on the night and on aggregate to a Joaquin Correa counter-attack.
“We held out well in the first half, but after the break Lazio had three chances, we didn’t move enough off the ball,” the Coach told Rai Sport.
“It’s a difficult moment, we’re struggling and have to turn over the page, as on Sunday there is another knockout round type game against Torino.
“We’ve got to try to understand why we are in this negative spell. Lazio deserved to quality and the fans deserved more tonight.”
Gattuso moved to a 3-4-3 system, but created barely any genuine scoring opportunities.
“Sometimes you change just to do something different, to improve the performance, lift the team. Something isn’t working and we’ve been struggling for the last month. I don’t think it’s just physical, but also mental and tactical, as we are performing below our capabilities.
“I don’t think it’s an issue of systems or individuals, but the entire team has taken steps backwards. We’re playing with the handbrake on and paying a price for that.
“We had tried to play a life or death game today, but it didn’t work. There’s no point denying it, we were embarrassed tonight and have to look forward.
“Lazio were coming off a difficult moment too, but we made it easier for them. We’ve got a month left in the season and it is our duty to give our all, to get back on our feet.”