Gattuso: “Milan are on the right track, I am pleased with the work done this summer, it’s time to focus on Serie A”

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Gennaro Gattuso during Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gennaro Gattuso during Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gennaro Gattuso was pleased with how his side played against Real Madrid yesterday and shifts focus to Serie A.

Milan finished their pre-season commitments yesterday as they took on Real Madrid for the Trofeo Bernabéu.

Both Real and Milan used very strong starting XI’s, and already after 2 minutes, Los Blancos got on the scoresheet as Karim Benzema managed to head the ball past goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma.

In the 4th minute however, Gonzalo Higuain showed why he’s the top striker Milan have been missing for so long, as he scored with his first shot as a Rossonero, beating Keylor Navas with a fantastic powerful shot. Milan played relatively well, especially in the first half, but lost concentration in both stoppage times, as Gareth Bale got a goal in the 45+1′ minute while Borja Mayoral scored as well in the 91′ minute.

“It’s a pity for the two goals conceded in stoppage time,” Gattuso told MilanTV after the game. “We have to improve this aspect because it can’t just happen by chance. The performance was important and it’s now time to focus on the league and prepare for the match against Genoa, a tough one.

Karim Benzema scoring during Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Karim Benzema scoring during Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

“The team? I still have the feeling that the team is content; we have to improve without switching off the light and always being on point. You can’t lack the competitive nastiness. 80% of this team knows each other and they’ve already played together, and the new entries can come in handy. I was pleased with how Caldara and Bacca came on. Individuals can make the difference in the long run, but I always prefer commenting on the group rather than the individuals.

“Pre-season? I am really pleased with the work we have done this summer, we have to keep up to good work. We are playing good football but we have to be more determined: we did well on Saturday, fighting on every ball but in the end, their quality came out. We are still lacking a bit of speed and acceleration, we knew it and we will work on it during training this week to be ready for the start of the season [the season starts next Sunday against Genoa at Stadio San Siro].”

Gonzalo Higuain celebrating with Lucas Biglia, Alessio Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini during Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Gonzalo Higuain celebrating with Lucas Biglia, Alessio Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini during Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

Speaking in the presser, Rino added: “Last season our biggest problem was that we played some attractive football without bringing home a result, and now we’ve got the same regrets, so it’s something we need to improve. The thing to work on is to avoid conceding goals in the 46th and 91st minutes. It’s easy to say that the substitutes lowered the quality but things are not like that: if one plays at Milan then he must be ready, always. To do this job you need personality and have no fear.

“It was a good performance overall, the side is in good shape and plays well. In general, I am happy, as we have strengthened this summer. It’s true the gap with Juventus remains very large, but we are young and on the right track. If we continue like this, I don’t think it’ll take long to bridge that gap.

Gonzalo Higuain and Luka Modrić at the end of Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Higuain and Luka Modrić at the end of Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

“Higuain? We’re going nowhere if we just rely on one player, even if it is Higuain. It’s not enough. In order to be credible, you have to do the work throughout the week, encouraging your teammates and not insulting them. I’ve seen all of that since he arrived here.”

The match against Real, despite the 3-1, was probably the Diavolo’s most positive pre-season game. Milan end their preparations with 2 wins and 3 defeats, scoring 5 goals and conceding 5.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Leonardo ……Maldini !!!! You guys should look for a pacy winger and a good mildfielder. We shouldn’t overburdened Higuain with lifting this team. He may get frustrated like Bonucci if he is not supported with good players. Go and buys players ……let’s not be deceived !!!!

     
    • Bakayoko done, now SMS and a winger. i would be upto the deal for Bacca to leave and Pato to come on loan. when the last person talked so much with passion about our club, i mean borini, he had a strong season.

       
  2. Forza Milan!!! Forza Milan!!!
    If you are looking for the most up to date Milan Breaking News, Transfer,Articles, Discussion then add us on WhatsApp 08131515005.
    Arriverderci!!! Forza Milan!!

     
  3. I agree with PATO. Most importantly, sentiment and emotions should be set aside. Gattuso loves milan but his tactical knowledge is limited and has been exposed. Higuain will get frustrated and leave. Certainly he will not play in the CL for as long as he stays in Milan

     
  4. I swear Rino has slimmed down since our first game against Novara. You see how much he sweats when he’s running up and down his touchline and shouting out his orders haha?!

    On another note, keep it up Rino, I believe in you!

     
  5. We will struggle if don’t make a couple good signings before the transfer window closes. We need to defend a lot better as goals were way to soft and we were getting exposed to easily on the flanks, we need a playmaker and a good winger if we are any chance of finishing 4th, looks like we are going to rely to heavily on Higuain

     
  6. RR had an absolute shocker in defence
    And Calabria still not convincing enough ,
    We need a play maker badly and will miss Hakan for the Serie A opener, borini is only a bench player and shouldn’t start

     
  7. Antonio Content should be appointed as new coach, we should control our emotion n be smart, Conte is the right person who can take Milan to that height where it should belong…….bring Conte, M Depay n Rabiot then see the success

     
  8. Everyone saying do this do that we as fans need to be there for the team enough with the bashing of players yes rr had a bad game defensively some players are not worthy of Milan previous management damaged this team I believe we are going in a new direction we need time to settle disrupting the team with a new manager and so many players coming and going it’s gonna be a tough season a few new signing will definitely help us but we need to help the players too they need to have supper from us fans

     
  9. At least 2 midfielders are necessary – one to cover for Kessie and a classy playmaker, and of course a left winger. My pick would be Balde Keita, he would be ideal as he can play anywhere behind strikers. Inter is about to take him on a 5 million loan with 35 million option

     
    • Lol! Are you not aware that Keita is Inter bound? Can you not see that Shiner is the real Scudetto contender against Juve?

      Let’s be kidding ourselves and don’t sign that LW and that central CM – give cash + Bonna and Monto for SMS, sign Depay, Lozano or Promes and complete Bakayoko and we just have a team for top four.

      And since we don’t have depth due to our weak bench and the “grinta’s” lack of rotation, we will struggle if we have injuries to our top players or burnout. Haha!

       
      • @Milan Wins! You sound like a lady who knows nothing about football but loves watching football. Stop being a plastic fan. Maldini and Leo love and understand Milan’s problems more than you,so stop being a plastic fan.

         
    • Presto! Another winner! Though point of correction, he can’t improve as he is too emotional and thick headed to adapt to modern tactical play.

       
  10. Everyday they are getting quieter on new arrivals. Let’s refuse if they try to sell anymore of our exciting players before signing one. Leo sign some creative mids! Sign some creative mids!! Sign some creative mids! Sign!!! Sign them!.

     
  11. Last reports suggest Rabiot rejected new PSG deal

    It might be that Milan will bring the french trio at the end – Bakayoko, Rabiot, Martial

     

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