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Carletto more than a coach to me – Gattuso

DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 04: S.S.C Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti during the international friendly game between Liverpool and Napoli at Aviva Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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AC Milan head Gennaro Gattuso has revealed his admiration for opposite number Carlo Ancelotti in the build-up to Saturday’s trip to Napoli.

Milan face a difficult opening to their Serie A campaign at Stadio San Paolo after last week’s scheduled meeting with Genoa was postponed.

Gattuso played under Ancelotti during the manager’s spell in charge of the Rossoneri between 2001 and 2009, twice winning the Champions League.

“It will be a very tough game,” Gattuso told a pre-match news conference. “I spoke yesterday with Carlo Ancelotti.

“Carlo and I have a great relationship. He was more than a coach to me, I would call him during my hardest times. I can only learn from him.

“The press says we have different characters, but Carlo as a player was a fighter, the last man to surrender.

“As a coach, he was similar to [the great former Milan boss] Nereo Rocco. He would chat with the players after the training session, stay with them and I have never heard anyone say anything bad about Carlo.”