Gattuso: Higuain is suffering due to the involution of AC Milan

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 25: Gonzalo Higuain of AC Milan shows his dejection during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between AC Milan and Real Betis at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 25, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso defended the under-fire Gonzalo Higuain for his lack of goals by stating that the team is not providing him with an adequate service

The Argentine striker barely made an impact in Milan’s shock 2-1 home defeat to Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday.

The result ended Milan’s winning start in Europe after goals from Antonio Sanabria and Giovani Lo Celso handed Betis all three points to snatch top spot in Group F from the hosts.

But Gattuso refused to point the finger at Higuain, who also struggled in their 1-0 derby defeat to Inter Milan last Sunday.

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“Surely he is not going through his best moment, but it is due to the involution of the whole team, he is paying for it, and lately he does not receive many balls, Gattuso told reporters on the club website.

“We started to serve crosses only in the last 10-15 minutes. We have to put him in a condition to work more in the last yards of the pitch.”

Despite his recent struggles though, Higuain has scored six goals in nine appearances for Milan this season after joining from Juventus on loan in the summer.

Gattuso’s side will next host Sampdoria in the Serie A on Sunday at the San Siro.