13 December 2018
Coach Gattuso during the press conference: "Our finishing was poor, I apologize to all our fans"
Coach Gattuso presented himself at the post-match press conference in Athens, at the end of Olympiacos 3 1 AC Milan and after the Rossoneri's elimination in the Europa League. Here are his comments:
GRAY AWAY MATCH
"The great atmosphere in Greece is nothing new, the fans are the twelfth man on the pitch, but they do not play. I was well aware that Olympiacos would be a tough opponent for us, just like Real Betis. We had the misfortune to have to decide our fate on the last matchday here and we were too naive. Technically, the team got the finishing phase wrong. We have to improve on concentration and covering the pitch better".
"On our part, we had some unjust decisions against us but I do not believe in any sort of conspiracy. We were unlucky because the penalty was non-existent. It is fair that we have been knocked out though, I am not looking for excuses: they were better than us because they were energetic and determined, I apologize to all the Rossoneri fans around the world for not having achieved our objective".
FORWARDS AND FINISHING
"Higuain could have done better with his finishing and in the ballistics aspect. Cutrone? I messed up the sub and I take full responsibility for it. The team was present, they fought hard and we got our finishing wrong: this was our main problem. We had to be more decisive when we were in open field. Instead, we barely tested our opponents. We did not make much progress as per wisdom and experience, we are very displeased because we always make the same mistakes over and over again".
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