22 February 2019
Gattuso and Castillejo spoke to Milan TV after the 3-0 win at San Siro
These were Gennaro Gattuso’s comments to Milan TV at San Siro after AC Milan 3-0 Empoli:
A POSITIVE SECOND-HALF DISPLAY
"We moved the ball too slowly in the first half, we lost our way. Then, we did well in the second half with lots of interesting pieces of play. I was a bit concerned because Paquetá didn't train for two days with a fever, Bakayoko also wasn't feeling well with a fever but he grit his teeth and played. We could have done better, but that went fine."
ON THE ATTACK
"We got some things wrong today. Castillejo could have come inside more to create space out wide for Conti. In the second half, we moved better and the overlaps worked on both sides. We're playing more directly, we're moving more without the ball."
"He's not just a goalscorer, he's also good at helping you to play well. He moves a lot and in the right way, he makes sacrifices for the team and runs a lot. We're happy with him, then when he touches the ball, he scores. He needs to continue like this."
ON CONTI AND CALABRIA
"Andrea did well, he's an asset for the club. He does very well when he attacks, he got an assist today while at the back he can improve further. Abate also gave us a lot tonight. We're well-covered in this area. The bench has got bigger, there are guys who haven't played for a long time but they all have a great sense of belonging."
FROM SAN SIRO TO THE OLIMPICO
"My focus is already on Tuesday (Lazio v AC Milan, Coppa Italia semi-final, first leg). I thank the fans for their song. We still need to work a lot and there are more hills to climb."
After scoring in the 3-0 win, Samu Castillejo, also spoke to Milan TV after the win on Matchday 25:
Certain teams come to San Siro to shut up shop and defend deep but we found more space after the Piatek goal. For me, it's important to play consistently and I need to continue like this. We'll have to suffer all the way for Champions League qualification, we need to keep getting points. The Coppa Italia is one of our goals, we'll need a great performance on Tuesday. We've already knocked out a big team in Napoli and we want to go through.
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