Gennaro Gattuso Admits Milan Have To Improve More

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that there is plenty of work to be done at the Italian club before starting to make progress in the league table. It has been a year campaign for AC Milan as they have gone through spells of struggle and elation in equal measure. The club are currently in the top four and Milan are looking to finish in this position for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. The club has been out of the Champions League in all these years and it has been a major problem when it comes to attracting the top players to the San Siro – despite having all the prestige in the world.

Gattuso came in as the replacement for the Vincenzo Montella in the middle of the 2016-17 campaign. Even though he results have not been exactly consistent, Milan were able to register their highest points tally (64) in six campaigns. Now, they are looking to finish in the top four places for the first time in a very long time. All these are positive attributes, but it may be a while before Milan are back in the title race considering the strength shown by Juventus over the last five years. In the last two seasons, there are situations whenGattuso looked like being sacked but he has been able to cling on to the job.
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Gennaro Gattuso focused on AC Milan’s season than his own future

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has indicated that he is only concentrated on the team’s performances and won’t indulge into a discussion regarding his future. The Italian tactician has managed to maintain the Rossoneri’s Champions League push over the course of the season and they are currently occupying the third spot after leapfrogging arch-rivals Inter, who have experienced a slump in form since the winter break.

Speaking to reporters, Gattuso refused to speak about the plight of the Nerazzurri, whose top-four credentials have come under question in recent weeks. He added that the focus is solely on the Rossoneri for the remainder of the campaign and he would avoid discussing his future with the club at the current point of time.
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Franck Kessie heaps praise on TiemoueBakayoko after Empoli triumph

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has praised the performances of Tiemoue Bakayoko following the club’s 3-0 triumph over Empoli in the Serie A. The Frenchman had a quiet beginning with the Rossoneri following the loan move from Chelsea last summer but he has transformed his fortunes over the past few months to become an integral part of the starting lineup.

Speaking after the recent win over Empoli, Kessie said that the Rossoneri need to continue keeping their focus on the matches in hand as they seek to return to the Champions League via a top-four finish this term. He added to reserve special praise for Bakayoko, who has been orchestrating the proceedings in the midfield under Gennaro Gattuso.
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Gennaro Gattuso pleased with AC Milan performance against AS Roma

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso is pleased with the performance of the Rossoneri during the 1-1 draw against AS Roma on the road. The Rossoneri opened the scoring through winter signing Krzysztof Piatek in the first 30 minutes but they were pegged back shortly after the interval with Nicolo Zaniolo levelling the scores for the hosts.

Thereafter, Roma were the better team in terms of creating changes and ultimately, the Rossoneri were left to thank goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma for making a string of impressive saves to keep out the Giallorossi threat. Speaking after the game, Gattuso admitted that the club produced a mixed bag in terms of performance but remains pleased to have come out with a point which sees them maintain the fourth position on the table for another game week, he said: “In the first half we didn’t play a good game. We saw the quality in the second half, we used the ball more. This Roma side has a lot of important players who are going through a negative moment. I’m happy with our performance.”
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Andriy Shevchenko believes Gennaro Gattuso is the right man for AC Milan

Former AC Milan star Andriy Shevchenko believes Gennaro Gattuso is the right man to take the Rossoneri forward despite the recent speculation regarding his future. The 40-year-old’s position at San Siro has come under scrutiny over the past month amid the Rossoneri’s poor league run but he has managed to get himself sometime after the club’s 2-1 comeback triumph over SPAL before the winter break.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Shevchenko has been supportive of his former Rossoneri teammate and believes the San Siro are in good hands for the second half of the campaign, he said:”It is important to keep supporting Rino, because he’s giving the team an identity and a sense of belonging. He’s the right man for this Milan. I’m happy that the club is keeping faith in him. I like this attitude of the club. There are people who have clear ideas, who are not shaken in times of difficulty. [Sporting director] Leonardo and Paolo Maldini are working calmly and competently. With Leo, Paolo and Rino, we’re in good hands.”
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Alessio Romagnoli feels AC Milan are unfairly criticised

AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli believes the club have been over criticised this season despite making a good start to their proceedings. The Rossoneri have produced a mixed showing in both sides of the field this term but they have still managed to propel themselves to the fourth position in the standings.

Most recently, Romagnoli netted an injury-time winner for the Rossoneri as they secured a 2-1 triumph over Genoa and speaking after that game, the centre-back highlighted that they have been the subject of unfair criticism from both fans and media alike, he told Sky Sport Italia: “We deserved the victory. We played very well. I’m sorry for my own goal.
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AC Milan looking into winter agreement for Chelsea defender

AC Milan are reportedly weighing up a winter approach for Chelsea captain Gary Cahill following a long-term injury to Mattia Caldara. The Italy international recently picked up a calf injury, which has sidelined him for around three months, and this appears to have increased the club’s urgency for a new central defender.

According to Calciomercato, the Rossoneri are planning to make an approach for Cahill at the turn of the year as they seek to cover up the absence of Caldara. It is added that they could pursue him on a bargain price, given he has just eight months remaining on his deal and has yet to begin contract negotiations with the west London giants.
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Gonzalo Higuain angry with Juventus after snub – Alessandro Del Piero

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero believes Gonzalo Higuain has been angered after the way he was ousted from the Bianconeri and this has helped him adjust quickly to the surroundings at AC Milan. The Argentina international proved an influential performer for the Turin giants over the past two seasons with over 50 goals across all competitions but he was loaned out to the Rossoneri for the campaign after the club-record signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since then, Higuain has adjusted brilliantly with six goals from the space of seven league matches and Del Piero feels the marksman is seeking revenge after the unceremonious summer departure from Juve, he told Sky Sport Italia, he said: “AC Milan need him so badly, both for his goals and for his leadership.
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Ricardo Rodriguez’s agent dismisses AC Milan exit claims

The representative of Ricardo Rodriguez has stressed that the Swiss had never expressed the desire to leave AC Milan during the recent transfer window. A number of elite clubs were said to be monitoring the left-back during the summer but agent Gianluca Di Domenico has indicated that his client was never interested in parting ways with the San Siro outfit.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Interest in Rodriguez? I do not want to go into detail about clubs, but I received many calls from intermediaries and operators of various clubs. But Ricardo never thought of leaving Milan. He is happy here and happy to play for such an important club. In a recent interview he said that he would have stayed even without European competitions, because Milan remains a team more important than others playing in Europe. Even if people continue to write that he has to leave, he will stay at the club.”
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Tiemoue Bakayoko keen to take AC Milan chance

France international Tiemoue Bakayoko is keen to take the opportunity with AC Milan after making the loan move from Chelsea. The midfielder had a rather difficult debut season with the Blues last term where he struggled to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League but he has now been offered the opportunity to test himself in a new division.

Speaking in a news conference, Bakayoko said: “Italian football is obviously different from English football, but I worked with Conte, an Italian coach, who gave me a taste for what’s to come. That’ll help me settle in Italian football and working with another Italian coach, and I want to thank Milan for bringing me to the club. I think they [Gattuso and Conte] are both similar coaches actually, there is a lot of passion and commitment to what they do. They both bring a lot of grit and determination. I haven’t yet spoken to the coach about my role on the pitch.”
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