28 December 2018
The players have to only think about the pitch and not about my future. I feel the support of the management
This is the last match eve of the year at Milanello, where preparations are being made for AC Milan vs SPAL. Matchday 19 is just around the corner and it will be the turning point of the championship other than being of utmost importance for the Rossoneri. Coach Gattuso is aware of this as he presented the clash against the team coached by Semplici during the press conference. Here are his comments.
"I think it's fair to stop the game, but we must also understand that they regard only four imbeciles and not the whole stadium. It is not the first time that such an episode occurs, we are all the same: respect is needed. If I would withdraw the team from the pitch? One needs the courage to do it. We should not attack our country, I have seen bananas being thrown in other civilized countries: Koulibaly is like a giant wardrobe, the chants are also made out of fear. This is how I interpret it".
ABOUT THE MOMENT
"We are disappointed. We took the wrong approach against Frosinone. In general, we have to be aware that we performed badly during this December. We need to be clear-headed and continue to work with great professionalism. Our forwards are lacking the necessary quality right now. Notwithstanding, we have a big chance: to end the year with 31 points, we have succeeded only once in the last few years. About my future? The players need to focus on the pitch, not on my future. I want to continue working to pursue a path started a year ago with the boys. We are going through a negative moment but I am not thinking of my future. The important thing is to be in control of the team".
"What we are doing is not enough, we need to do more. I do not care about our gameplay tomorrow, I want to see 23 players chasing the three points at all costs. I saw a determined team in those games where we were struggling, that is what I want to see".
"His season is positive, we cherish him. He is a phenomenon also for his age, certainly one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It is thanks to him that we did not lose against Frosinone".
"I always want to see him as in the second half of Frosinone. He always beat his opponent and created chances. Clear-cut chances can be missed, it happens. I do not want to hear about the transfer market: as long as he remains with us we will need him. He dribbles more compared to last year, only his goals are missing. He is fine on the physical level, his recovery on Wednesday is proof of it. I think he will remain here based on what we discussed".
"Donnarumma's season is positive, he is vital for us. He is a phenomenon also given his age, certainly one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It is also thanks to him that we did not lose against Frosinone. Conti? He is on the right track but still does not have 90minutes in him, but we have to put him in condition to make him play from the start. Calhanoglu? He is not at his best lately just as Higuain, Cutrone, Castillejo...As long as I am here, Hakan will remain: he is a fundamental player for us".
"Borini and Bertolacci will be available tomorrow. I believe Biglia will be available from January. Strinic has a problem with his calf, it is a relapse. He will be available from January. Caldara? Most likely in February".
"We are three points behind our Scudetto, that is the fourth place. We have to ride the tide now and then play all our cards in Spring".
"I speak with Maldini and Leonardo every day. There is great honesty amongst us. I feel close to them, nobody has ever told me that I have an ultimatum. I have no problems if the club is silent on this matter".
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