Gattuso targeting a classic encounter against Lazio

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MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 02: AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso looks on before the Serie A match between AC Milan and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 2, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Gennaro Gattuso says he wants Milan’s Coppa Italia semi-final against Lazio to be a classic encounter and ‘an advert for Italian football’.

The last encounter between the two sides 10 days ago, which the Rossoneri won 1-0, ended in a brawl.

With the tie currently at a stalemate following the 0-0 from the first leg in Rome, Inzaghi has promised to avenge his team’s defeat.

And Gattuso who has featured in these clashes as both a player and manager understands the stakes are high.

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 06: AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso looks on before the Serie A match between AC Milan and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 6, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Gattuso says fifth place is not failure

The AC Milan coach doesn't think being fifth in a competitive league like the Italian Lega Serie A is a failure for his team.

“The matches against Lazio are always very tight,” Gattuso told Milan TV.

“Reaching another Final would be very important for our season. I hope tomorrow is an advert for Italian football. We want to see a show. We must only think about the pitch.

“I have a great friendship with Simone Inzaghi. We’ll do everything to behave ourselves. We’ll come together on the pitch.”

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)

The Coach was then asked about a likely switch to Newcastle United after linking up with super-agent Jorge Mendes.

“I see Mendes often, I like good food and to talk about football,” he explained.

“The rumours about Newcastle are unfounded. I repeat, I only have a great friendship with Mendes.”

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