Gattuso calls for Bakayoko’s improvement

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23: Tiemoue Bakayoko of AC Milan in action during the serie A match between AC Milan and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 23, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

AC Milan defeated Olympiacos 3-1 at home in Thursday’s Europa League match, but Gennaro Gattuso expects to see more from his midfield players.

The Rossoneri have registered their second European victory this season following a narrow 1-0 win over Dudelange, but their performance has been far from convincing, according to the Calciomercato.

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In the post-match interview, Gattuso has pointed out that Milan midfielders have to work harder when having ball possession.

“I’m happy with the result, but we can play better in midfield. We have a lot wrong in the way we dribble. We have to improve in this if we want to play like that.”

When asked about Tiemoue Bakayoko’s display, he added: “Bakayoko does need a bit of work right now, but we need everyone. We tried the 4-4-2, but I’m not satisfied at the maximum level of performance without possession.”

The 24-year-old box-to-box midfielder arrived at the Stadio San Siro on a season-long loan following a miserable Premier League campaign with Chelsea. However, the Frenchman still struggles to find his AS Monaco form that made the Blues spend £40 million to bring him to the Stamford Bridge in the first place.