Gattuso “Furious” at AC Milan’s Europa League exit

Gennaro Gattuso
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 29: AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso issues instructions to his player Fernandez Suso during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between AC Milan and F91 Dudelange at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 29, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Milan boss Gattuso is furious at his team’s performance in the Europa League, saying they “gifted the game.”

Gennaro Gattuso said his team deserved their Europa League exit, losing 3-1 to Olympiacos. Gattuso’s club just needed a draw against the Greek club to secure their ticket from Group F to the knockout stages of the tournament, but the result saw Olympiacos move forward, instead.

“We gifted the game,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia, according to FourFourTwo.

“I am furious because we could’ve been stronger even than all the incidents and emerged with qualification.

“We had the game in hand, but when creating eight scoring opportunities in a stadium like this and then falling apart the moment things go wrong, you deserve to go out.

“We’ve shown we are still not good enough to get the game on track when we have the chance.

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“It’s true, there were some debatable refereeing decisions, but if you create eight chances in this atmosphere and then after the first sign of difficulty you start making stupid mistakes, it’s only right we go home, because we don’t deserve to go further.”

Gattuso also blamed the team’s lack of experience for missing out on the knockout stages of the Europa League.

“We mustn’t allow the opponents into the game and I think at the moment that lack of experience is the main problem for us,” he said.

“We’ve got to get out there with determination, with fire.

“We gifted the game, there are no excuses and we have to take the responsibility.

“It’s a difficult atmosphere, but that mustn’t be an excuse. We often look like we do things without much belief, as if we don’t want to hurt the opposition.”