Gattuso: “It’d be better to finish 6th, do it for me and don’t whistle at Kalinić if he plays vs. Fiorentina, Donnarumma…”

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Gennaro Gattuso at the end of Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Gennaro Gattuso at the end of Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

Gennaro Gattuso said ‘on the level of personality, it was the best match of my team’ after his Milan conceded a 92′-minute goal against Atalanta, a goal which prevented them from securing 6th one week before the end of the season.

After the Coppa Italia humiliation against Juventus last Wednesday, Milan returned to Serie A and visited Atalanta’s Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on Sunday evening.

The pouring rain made it difficult for both sides to develop a game in the first half, but in the second the Rossoneri managed to find the net in the 60′ minute through Franck Kessié.

La Dea suffered another blow four minutes later as Rafael Tolói was sent off. But Milan failed to take advantage of the situation and Atalanta became even more dominant despite being a man down. In the 75′ minute, Riccardo Montolivo – who only entered on half time – was shown a straight red too.

Milan resorted to defending in the last minutes and paid a heavy price for it as Atalanta’s pressure resulted in a 92′-minute goal from Andrea Masiello, who beat Gianluigi Donnarumma far too easily. Instead of a great win, it was another draw for the Diavolo, who secured at least the Europa League preliminaries, but failed to secure 6th place and get a place in the EL group stage.

Alessio Romagnoli, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Manuel Locatelli, Leonardo Bonucci, Ricardo Rodriguez, Nikola Kalinić and Hakan Çalhanoğlu thanking the fans at the end of Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Alessio Romagnoli, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Manuel Locatelli, Leonardo Bonucci, Ricardo Rodriguez, Nikola Kalinić and Hakan Çalhanoğlu thanking the fans at the end of Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“A reaction [after the Coppa Italia defeat]? I think it was there,” Gattuso told Premium Sport at the end of the encounter. “It wasn’t easy to come to this field, Atalanta are a great side. We did a good performance. There are regrets, as a win would’ve sealed it, but after the defeat in the Coppa we showed a lot of character and it wasn’t easy to put in this kind of performance.

“Donnarumma could’ve done better on Masiello’s goal? We shouldn’t always put guilt on Gigio, it was a wet field. I don’t think it was a mistake. It was a powerful header from close range. Gigio has to stay calm, he is 19 years old and gets judged for the money he earns, but you don’t buy experience at a supermarket. Everyone makes mistakes, even Buffon at this age made some mistakes.

“Kalinić will be sold in the summer? I don’t know, we’ll evaluate everything at the end of the season. We’ve got an important game against Fiorentina on Sunday and I really hope that the crowd don’t jeer Kalinić. I hope everyone is supported for 90-95 minutes because we play for a lot. Considering the way Kalinić moves and the technique he has, he’s a very important player. He has always scored goals, but perhaps we weren’t good enough in putting him in a position to hurt the opponents.”

Alessio Romagnoli, Giacomo Bonaventura, Leonardo Bonucci, Nikola Kalinić, Franck Kessie and Hakan Çalhanoğlu celebrating during Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Alessio Romagnoli, Giacomo Bonaventura, Leonardo Bonucci, Nikola Kalinić, Franck Kessie and Hakan Çalhanoğlu celebrating during Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

Speaking to Sky Italia, the coach said: “Europe? It would be better to finish 6th, also for the coffers of the club it would be much easier. There is great regret, it wasn’t easy to come here and make this performance after the Coppa defeat. On the level of personality, it was the best match of my team.

“The season [the initial goal was Champions League]? We all know what we’ve been through in these months, they are smart guys, we know that there are bad moments. Getting to the Coppa final was important, we experienced important emotions. To become a strong team, you must live through this kind of competition, we hope to be back playing the game against Fiorentina as it should be played. There is little to do to charge [the environment], the motivations are there. The players know what it means to get to sixth, they prepare themselves properly, some have bonuses in their contracts.

Riccardo Montolivo shown a red card by referee Marco Guida during Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on May 13, 2018. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Riccardo Montolivo shown a red card by referee Marco Guida during Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 13, 2018. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“The inclusion of veterans in this game? I always rest Calabria after the 90 minutes he plays. Biglia trained well and we knew that we could risk something. I chose like this because we played against a team with great physicality. Atalanta never give up, I preferred experience players.

“Alessandro Nesta was appointed Perugia coach [and he will lead them in the Serie B play-offs]? I didn’t hear from him, he lives in Miami, the time zone is a bit of a mess. I’m happy and I’m curious to see him at work. He did very well in America and we hope he will do well in Italy too.”

Andrea Masiello celebrating during Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on May 13, 2018. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Andrea Masiello celebrating during Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 13, 2018. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

In his interview with MilanTV, the 40-year-old former Pisa boss added: “We have secured the Europa League, now it’d be better if we reach sixth place. After such a troubled season, this achievement seemed easy for many people, but it wasn’t. On Sunday we showed bravery and sense of belonging. We are aiming for sixth place and it would be a good objective for the club and for our fans. Then it’s also important for the organized summer tours, and we’ll try to get to sixth.

“The performance of Kessié? He had a great game, but not only him. Atalanta didn’t steal anything, it wasn’t easy for us and we have to give credit to these guys for putting their hearts in it. All of Italy was waiting for Atalanta to crush us, instead we brought home an important point.

“The presence of Biglia [who played 45 minutes before getting subbed out]? He did something extraordinary, he wanted to be there in spite of everything and it’s an important signal for the team. But everybody did well, also those who don’t play like Musacchio and Antonelli.”

Nikola Kalinić at the end of Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Nikola Kalinić at the end of Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

Gattuso also held a post-match presser: “Kalinić? Do it for, don’t whistle at Kalinić if he plays against Fiorentina on Sunday. He had a lot of chances, in my management he had 8-9 clear scoring chances, but he always failed due to bad luck or something else. But he always had the scoring chances.

“We think about closing [the season] and then we’ll see. Donnarumma? It was a difficult ball from Masiello. In Rome he made two mistakes but on Sunday it was from one meter, a header on a wet field, what more could he do? He is a boy of 19 years of age, let’s not judge him for the contract he has. Let’s leave him alone serene, not only you [the press] but also those who surround him.

Gennaro Gattuso during Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Gennaro Gattuso during Atalanta-Milan at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on May 13, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“What I liked from the performance? I was surprised by the interpretation of the game by my players on a very difficult field, because in some situations we always suffer. The Europa League? It seemed like an objective that is taken for granted but here there is nothing like there.

“We were on an elevator where we climbed and went down in the standings, the guys have given me a lot and the points in my management aren’t few. This year it wasn’t easy to achieve the Europa even though it was a minimum goal. After so many years, there is something on which we can work. If we don’t do those 3-4 [summer] purchases wrong, this team can become competitive.”

Milan are currently in 6th place and have their fate in their own hands. Should they finish 7th, they would have to play three Europa League preliminary rounds and would start their season in July.

33 COMMENTS

  1. I see Gattuso as a great person. But he maybe needs to put respect for all od his players, including A.Silva, Musacchio, Mauri, Dias who maybe deserved a chance to prove themselfs. And if those guys failed we would know that he tried.

    • That’s the reason for his downfall right there. He fell in love with some players and now those players had them by the balls.
      So we needed Gattuso to choke some necks and slap some men and he is giving ass instead.

  2. Gattuso’s press conference is very irritating always coming up with excuses for underperforming players…..sick and tired of this bulls**t.

  3. So, Milan, how are you going to strengthen your team while you have a lot of debt and not going into the UCL?

  4. Well, I think this puts an end to Gattuso “only protecting Italian players”-BS i’ve read here. Hopefully this is the end of it, I mean if he protects Kalinic for crying out loud…
    Nice to see that he mentions 3-4 players coming in, although I dont have high hopes for them and probably Reina and Strinic are included – although Reina is a quality keeper, and as Mathijs said, how are we going to get players who will strengthen us when there are no funds to back this up. We probably wont get much for Donnarumma either…

    • Silva, Kalinic, Donnarumma, there u go, 80 million without touching the best dribbler in Serie A Sir Fernandez Sáenz de la Torre.
      Bacca isn’t wanted by Villareal so I say keep him at least he is way better than Kalinic
      Wilshere and Meyer and balo are free. We enough money to buy a great winger. There we offload Dollarumma’s wage, we keep bona and Sir de la Torre.

      • Really?? Villareal dont want to buy bacca, are you sure about this? This is fantastic news. Hope Bacca comes back and stays. I’d say sell Kalinic, Suso, Donna, perhaps Silva, bring in Forsberg, Pastore, Keita and perhaps Belotti.

  5. Donnarumma destroyed his career being represented by raiola. And I am convinced he hasn’t the right character for being a Milan player. He must leave ! He can’t be a Milan legend !

  6. This is the first time I feel disappointed with his post-match comment. Usually he was always spot on. This time, it is like I was watching different game with Milan playing badly. Definitely there were much better matches the boys played.

  7. GATTUSO GATTUSO GATTUSO….!!! I am disappointed…..!

    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.
    Albert Einstein

  8. JUST IMAGINE THIS COMING FROM A COACH….

    Gattuso also held a post-match presser: “Kalinić? Do it for me, don’t whistle at Kalinić if he plays against Fiorentina on Sunday. He had a lot of chances, in my management he had 8-9 clear scoring chances, but he always failed due to bad luck or something else. But he always had the scoring chances.

    HE ALWAYS FAILS DUE TO BAD LUCK OR SOMETHING ELSE….. OH MY GOSH, UNBELIEVABLE, THAT COMING FROM AN ADULT WHO’S MANAGING ADULTS… SAYS A LOT….!!!

    • Hmmmm….Gattuso could have done way better if not for this Kalinic”voodoo”.The guy does absolutely nothing on the pitch yet he keeps him on for 80 to 90 minutes and u wonder what the f**k is going on… .Am just praying he learns from his mistakes…

  9. “Kalinic had a lot of chances, in my management ALONE he had 8-9 clear scoring chances, but he always failed due to bad luck or something else.” If by something else u mean weak mentality AND finishing then i agree wholeheartedly. #bringbackbacca

  10. If he’s the only one constantly getting booed then there must be a good reason. Don’t try to force matters, just bench him. About Silva. Roma had similar problems with Schick’s settlement for most part of the season but despite their attack filling with good performers, unlike current Milan, they still try finding him space and now he’s back to show some potentials again. Calha also struggled in the beginning and could’ve been sold in the winter leaving everyone saying ‘oh Italy is not for him” rubbish. If I ask Gattuso to understand how the Japanese people live by sitting on a bench and watching a lot of Japanese movie.. I don’t know how he’s gonna feel.

  11. I think the one thing most of you forget here is that gattuso has helped find an identity to this team and pushed us to a place that seemed out of reach when he first arrived. He’s exceeded most of our expectations yet you all hound him for not doing this and that. I dislike Kalinac myself i think he’s a complete waste of semen yet he’s obviously showing more determination than Silva is or there’s no doubt that he’d be starting. Can’t be a coincidence that 2 managers have refused to play him. But that’s just my 2 pence

  12. Know something Gatuso… Squad management from March till May is what determines who is where on the final table. I hope you get valuable reinforcement in the summer to help you perform better. This is why Napoli lost the league as Allegri did fantastic with his squad management in 3 competitions.

    Some players should never wear the Milan shirt again if you love your career, your favourism of Kalinic over Silva is part of the reasons why we struggled this period and I hope you will learn from this.

    For God’s sake please look into our academy and give us 2 new stars for next season, somebody took risk before you got there and today you benefit from Donna and Calabria. Please do your bit and I wish you all the best.

  13. Kalinic will leave end of season for sure. Silva will most likely be sold as well. And if Raiola starts nonsense over Gigi, Milan should sell Gigi.
    We should use the savings from Kalinic and Silva and buy a dangerous finisher. No more gambles. Get a player that can bring in at least 20 goals a season. Milan’s defence and defensive Midfield are solid.
    We hold the ball but we do nothing with it upfront. In the top 6, Milan scored the least goals by far.
    Mauro Icardi scored more goals than all our strikers combined.
    If Milan starts scoring we will definitely be in the champions league next season.

  14. “. Gigio has to stay calm, he is 19 years old and gets judged for the money he earns.”

    You can’t want to be paid as an adult but play as a kid. He is paid better than Biglia even when Bacca came he wasn’t earning so much. He should take responsibility for his failings.

    “Considering the way Kalinić moves and the technique he has, he’s a very important player. He has always scored goals, but perhaps we weren’t good enough in putting him in a position to hurt the opponents.”

    “Kalinić? Do it for, don’t whistle at Kalinić if he plays against Fiorentina on Sunday. He had a lot of chances, in my management he had 8-9 clear scoring chances, but he always failed due to bad luck or something else. But he always had the scoring chances.”

    Gattuso is contradicting himself. He doesn’t have an excuse why he should not play Kalinic. And the season is almost over and Kalinic is still trying to find his feet at Milan. That’s a definition of a flop transfer. Maybe he is playing him so much that they don’t want his value to drop that much so that they can sell him in the summer.

  15. A good coach always watch his tongue and speech especially when you are targeting something!!so dat the players won’t collide and play you out of the club!!gattuso understood how to deal with both men and young boys in the team!!!when he lashing hakan calanoglu on interviews,no one knew he(gattuso)saw something in him dat he’s trying to show the world what Hakan is capable of doing,and thank God he’s becoming an important midfielder and sw in Milan now!! I believed kalinic is on his way out,Silva too might be on loan with obligations!!!but gattuso can’t be telling you whom he will keep at the end of the season coz d season is not yet over and europa league is at stake

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