Gennaro Gattuso has decided to punish the squad as Tiémoué Bakayoko arriving late for today’s training session was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis spoke to the Rossoneri squad yesterday, asking for commitment and professionalism on the part of everyone. But it seems that not only the words of coach Rino Gattuso don’t get to the heads of the players.
As reported by Sky Italia, Bakayoko arrived to training today one hour late and only took part in the last 10 minutes of the session.
This gesture made Gattuso furious. And so, the coach – who is almost certain to leave the club at the end of the season – decided to impose a five-day ‘ritiro’. In effect, it means that from tomorrow at 16:00 CET until the match against Bologna on Monday night, the players will not be allowed to go back home and will instead be spending all the time together in a mini training-camp.
Milannews.it reports that Bakayoko was late because his car broke down so it was impossible for him to arrive to Milanello on time. However, Sky adds that the incident with the Frenchman was the drop of water that made the vase overflow as there were several incidents with different players in recent times and Gattuso doesn’t like the general behavior of the squad.
Gattuso informed the players of his decision in the presence of Leonardo, and the ritiro is fully supported by the club. The team tried to change the mind of the coach and Sky claims that some players went to Rino individually to try to get him to go back on his decision, but to no avail. Tiémoué, who is on loan with option to buy from Chelsea, will face a heavy fine from the club.
Meanwhile, Sky suggests that Gattuso tried a 4-3-1-2 formation in training ahead of the Bologna game, with Suso benched & Lucas Paquetá playing the trequartista role behind Cutrone and Piątek.