Gattuso: “I expect more from everyone, Milan’s extra weapon last season was the team, the transfer market…”

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Gennaro Gattuso during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Gennaro Gattuso during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Gennaro Gattuso has reiterated Milan’s desire to sign 25-26-year-olds with experience in the summer and claimed there is a lot of work to be done ahead for the next campaign.

Gattuso arrived to the Rossoneri in November after Vincenzo Montella was sacked, and he managed to take Milan to 6th place and get a place in the Europa League, although this place could be revoked by UEFA in the coming days due to Milan’s breach of the Financial Fair Play.

The Milan players are now either with their national teams or resting, but Gattuso is already working and he gave an interview to the club’s official TV channel today to discuss his summer plans.

“The first days of rest after the end of the season? We stopped for 10 days, but I didn’t stop, I greeted my family in Calabria,” Gattuso told MilanTV. “It was a very difficult season. In the six months I have been here we have shown both good and bad things. But the foundations are there.

Gennaro Gattuso during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Gennaro Gattuso during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“Next season? There are so many things to do for next season. We need to strengthen the team, organize our work and we need to talk to the staff. For me, the staff are not only the people who work with me, but also those at the HQ and at Milanello. Preparations? You work, you sweat, you struggle. I’m glad that we have 10-12 days at Milanello, there are hills and woods there.

“There are so many things to do, we need to put fuel in the legs. Possible tactical solutions we can adopt next year? I think we will start with a four-man defense, but we also need to be able to play with three at the back and a midfield of four. That’s what we are working on, it’s right that we have alternative options [Gattuso switched mid-match to a three-man defense and 4-4-2 several times].

Gennaro Gattuso during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Gennaro Gattuso during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“The World Cup? I’ll be in Russia for a few days to watch the games. More the matches, we’ll watch the players. Kalinić and André Silva? I hope that they can get back to form. Silva scored [against Tunisia]. I am sure they will get to the WC in great shape. Hopefully they can represent the club well.

“The importance of the dressing room? In these months, the extra weapon was the team, the desire, the mentality. It starts from all of this. We hope that if someone arrives it’ll be with this mentality, we need it. Individuals can win you matches, but the team will take you all the way to the end.

Marco Fassone and Gennaro Gattuso in Rome on May 8, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Marco Fassone and Gennaro Gattuso in Rome on May 8, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“The characteristics of who will arrive? The word ‘us’ has to be the key word. I don’t like the word ‘I’. Whoever comes needs to understand they are representing a glorious club and they are coming into a strong group that needs to raise its quality. Experience [Milan have already signed Pepe Reina, 35, and Ivan Strinić, 31]? In Italy the word experienced is mixed up with age.

“25-26-year-olds may also have experience. We are looking for young players like that who also have important matches behind them who can help us. The mercato? Lately we have been blocked but Fassone and Mirabelli are busy with that. I am arranging what we need to do with them. Even my son knows what we need to do, we are hoping to bring in some important players.

Gennaro Gattuso, Zvonimir Boban, Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Gennaro Gattuso, Zvonimir Boban, Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“The Supercoppa Italia? I don’t think about it. I think about work, I hope the guys get refreshed, then we’ll think week after week. Roberto Mancini? I saw La Nazionale [against France yesterday, 3-1 defeat]. I’m sorry to not be at the World Cup but it’s part of football. The quality of the players is there, and I wish Roberto the best. I wish Italy to play the EURO’s and qualify for the next World Cup.

“Romagnoli and Bonucci? [Being in the NT] is an award for them. Romagnoli was born in 1995, but already has 200 games on his back and he’s one of the best defenders in the world because he combines quality and quantity. These are the players to start again from. We all know Bonucci, while Calabria could’ve also been there. This is why I say we have the basis for starting again.

“Our players with the U21 side? Davide [who is the captain of the Azzurrini], when he plays, looks like a 40-year-old boy, he has great experience. He’s a smart guy, he’s polite and he loves his job. Patrick [Cutrone] has great margins for improvement, like Locatelli.

Gennaro Gattuso during Juventus-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on May 9, 2018. (ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Gennaro Gattuso during Juventus-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on May 9, 2018. (ISABELLA BONOTTO/AFP/Getty Images)

“Who do I expect more from? From everyone. Performing well isn’t enough. We need to raise the bar from the very first day of pre-season. To do that, we need desire and not to be happy with what we have. I expect more from myself and from whoever works with me as we’ve made some mistakes.

“We need to improve too. Something that must accompany Milan next season? In the last match against Fiorentina there was a crazy enthusiasm. We must transmit it to the fans in such a way that they will follow us, and we never disappoint them.”

10 COMMENTS

  1. Di Marzio saying Dortmund and Bayern are interested in Rodriguez.

    Although I think Rodriguez could fit in a well oiled system, I’m not a fan of his characteristics. The positive of this would be, selling players like Rodriguez and kalinic/André Silva means it is less likely we would need to sell someone who is a pillar to the future of this team like romagnoli (who is being monitored by juve).

    The bad side of this is…we can’t have strinic be our first choice left back and we can’t afford stunting Calabria’s growth pretending he can play on the left.

    I can’t think of a cheap good left back that could be a replacement. And that’s the problem. Finding an adequate replacement. So I am against this unless we could find a quality replacement which I don’t think we can.

    • And i hear we want to sell for 15 million too, seriously? Why are we selling him for less than we bought him. Its not like his contract is expiring or we have so many options at left back. Which quality left back are we going to get with that amount?

  2. The moment you hear Juve are interested in Romagnoli and you’re not sure if the management are capable of keeping him here… *facepalm*

  3. I don’t think we need to worry about Romagnoli he’s close to signing a new contract, these players are with there national team and that slows things down
    There’s plenty to be optimistic about with our defensive side of things and it’s not an area I’m even remotely concerned about as we’ve got top quality throughout
    Midfield needs a player to make things happen, a player like Modric of Madrid, we have no hope of getting him but there are players similar out there and Fabrigas of Chelsea would be a very good example if only for a couple of years given his age, I’ve always been a big fan of his and he could provide the link we’ve desperately needed, we dropped so many needless points last year because we couldn’t break down small teams and that’s exactly what he does, he’s passing and vision is top class and he’s a good eye for goal too

    • Agree I said if a few weeks ago. A relatively cheap option for experience and pure quality. Id like to see this happen

  4. Is it just me who admires Manuel Lanzini of West Ham? good fix for me, and not exorbitant pricing.
    Playmaker

  5. Comment:meen guys have anyone of you considered the purchase of Ozyakup cause that guy is Calhanoglu 2.0; I would really consider shipping Bonaventura to Jube to create him a void cause this guy is creativity himself; we’ve always known deep inside ourselves that Bonaventura is not Milan material and we keep if we have more space without FFP policing us, we could keep him for depth sake but that Ozyakup is nothing but magical!

  6. Comment:Sorry! It waa a typo for me to say Ozyakup is Calhanoglu 2.0 but what I wanted to actually typed was that he’s Bonaventura 2.0 cause with Calhanoglu display at the second half this just concluded season; it depicts that Calhanoglu is a notch above Ozyakup!

  7. we’ve huge debt, no money to spend & got kicked out from europe competition,
    most important is to keep our best 11, don’t sell if there’s no better replacement cz in our condition is harder even to get average players,
    rumour about RR, Gigio, Silva can be true but i hope they stay, some fans doesn’t like them or want them sold, let’s be realistic,
    there’s no way we can get better LB than RR with 15-20m,
    Perin/Scuffet/Maret won’t come cheap & still under Gigio level,
    Falcao is old, injury prone, flop prone, massive salary, i don’t think he can handle Serie A defence.

    better to get cheap or bosman, get the good players & give them huge salary, Meyer Brandt Delufeu Dembele Fellaini Wilshare Dost is realistic for us,

    Rino said he need Kessie rotation, winger & striker, my best pick is Dembele, Meyer & Bacca.

    if Meyer reject us, we can go for Delufeu or Brandt if we’ve enough money,
    if i were Rino i’ll try to get Veloso as Kessie backup & ask him to help Silva to setle down, he has experience & understand Serie A well, i don’t think he’ll cost huge budget…

    if good proposal coming, sell Borini, Gomez & Kallinic/Bacca, but i won’t be disapointed if they stay as backup considering our financial problem & the oldies getting older…

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