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Gattuso pleased with AC Milan’s clean sheet

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AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso was satisfied by his side’s defensive work in an otherwise “daft” 0-0 Coppa Italia draw at Lazio on Tuesday night.

The Rossoneri’s three-match winning run came to an end at the Stadio Olimpico for the first leg of their semi-final tie against Lazio.

Star players Krzysztof Piatek and Tiemoue Bakayoko were kept subdued by Lazio throughout the entire game as Milan struggled to create any clear chances on goal.

In the end, both sides were forced to settle for a goalless draw with the return leg between Lazio and Milan to take place at the San Siro on April 24.

Therefore, should Lazio find an away goal, it will put Milan at a big disadvantage in their bid to reach the Coppa Italia final for a second consecutive season.

“It’s a bit of a daft result for us because any goal for Lazio will be worth double in the second leg. We’ll need to pay close attention,” said Gattuso on the club website.

“Obviously, we could’ve done better however, it’s still a good result considering that we didn’t concede against a team that has key players up front.”

Despite their struggles up front, Milan were effective in defence with only four of Lazio’s 16 shots being on target.

“Lazio waited for us before then attacking on the break and putting us in difficulty. We were lacking on a technical level tonight, making mistakes on the few occasions that we broke free from their pressure,” said Gattuso.

“Lazio were better than us, although it’s also true that they didn’t create any real killer-ball chances.

“Defensively, I really liked how the team played, but it’s a step back technically. Simone (Inzaghi) and I know each other well, perhaps it’s just a coincidence that these matches keep finishing 0-0. We’ll see what happens in the second leg.”

Next up for Gattuso’s side will be a home game against 11th-placed Sassuolo in the Serie A on Saturday.

ROME, ITALY – FEBRUARY 26: Jesus Pablo Musacchio of AC Milan competes for the ball with Joaquin Correa of SS Lazio during the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg between SS Lazio and AC Milan on February 26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)