Gennaro Gattuso has singled out Patrick Cutrone for praise after his outstanding performance helped AC Milan to a 2-1 win over Parma.
The manager equally had some kind words for the opposition who gave a good account of themselves in the tie.
“Parma deserve credit because it’s no coincidence they were only two points behind us going into this weekend. They’re well-organised, difficult to play against and if you give them space to run into, they’ll cause you problems,” Gattuso told Football Italia.
“We had a decent game, although perhaps in the first half we went overboard with the crosses. The second half, however, was excellent.”
Roberto Inglese’s header from a corner had put Parma ahead at San Siro, but a Cutrone volley equalised before the Franck Kessie penalty.
“He lives for the goal, he’s got fire in his veins and I’m happy for him. He even wiped out that cliché about him not doing well from the start. He has to keep going like this, as he can do so much better.
“Seeing Ignazio Abate do so well as a centre-back is also surprising. We need to be lucky as Coaches and work with intelligent players who can adapt to more or less anything. That is the secret of this team, everyone is ready to pitch in.”