Gennaro Gattuso was very unhappy after his AC Milan were beaten heavily by Hellas Verona – and he blamed his side for falling apart after the first goal conceded and it all led to a painful 3-0 loss.
The former holding midfielder has been in charge of AC Milan for three Serie A matches – and he managed to win one, lose one and draw one, which can’t be considered as a good start. The Rossoneri are currently 14 points behind the last Champions League spot and it’s highly unlikely that they will be even able to fight for it until the end of the season.
The AC Milan coach spoke about his side inability to react properly as he said, according to ESPN: “We have to improve because we did not react after falling behind. We created many opportunities before conceding the first goal, but we dropped the intensity after the first sign of adversity. We continued to play but the second goal knocked us down. If you check the stats, we recorded 30 attempts, but it’s not enough, we have to play as a team.”
He added that he doesn’t want to look for excuses and simply improve: “We cannot look for consolations. We have to remain focused until the end. The team cannot drop the intensity like this when facing adversity; we have to improve in our concentration and when pressing our opponents.”
Gennaro Gattuso, in the end, insisted that he is willing to take the responsibility for this: “Hellas Verona took the lead because we made a mistake in marking. We knew they would play defensively and try the counterattacks. We were not good enough in the transition phase too. We all take the responsibility, I am the first one to do it. It’s time to work on the psychological aspect because losing 3-0 hurts.”