AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso is looking for a quick response from his players after their derby loss to Inter Milan by grabbing all three points against Sampdoria.
The Rossoneri’s 10-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end before the international break upon suffering a 3-2 derby defeat to Inter in the Serie A.
The loss saw Milan lose third-place in the standings to Inter and they now hold a four-point gap to AS Roma in fifth for the final Champions League qualification spot.
Therefore, Gattuso is hoping his side can put that setback behind them as they seek to get their top-four hopes back on track by beating Sampdoria on Saturday.
“History says so [Milan must move on],” said Gattuso, according to Yahoo.
“Even four months ago against Real Betis, we played an embarrassing game. We had to put it to one side.
“It was the same in the match against Arsenal last year. This is why so many times I make the same speeches. For us [the derby] was a blow, but we must look ahead. Our championship is [qualifying for] the Champions League and, right now, we are winning it.
“We have an obligation to look forward, the derby game is over and it could have easily ended 3-3. Imagine if [Samu] Castillejo or [Patrick] Cutrone had scored their chances – we would be having a different conversation now.
“On Saturday, I want to see the same old AC Milan that does not concede easily. We have to return to being the squad of recent months, a team able to hold up against any opponent.”
The derby defeat to Inter was somewhat overshadowed by Franck Kessie and Lucas Biglia’s bust-up on the touchline.
Both men have since apologised and were fined later on by Milan for their actions.
“I spoke to [Kessie]. I don’t hold any grudge and the players know how much he cares, but I believe that we need maximum respect in the team. I was very disappointed – I made this clear to both of them,” said Gattuso.
“But as a footballer, I’ve been wrong many times, too, as with Joe Jordan [in a confrontation with the then-Tottenham coach], and I always paid the price for it by taking full responsibility for my actions.
“I’m not angry with Franck. There was great disappointment in me, but now it’s all over.”
The Sampdoria and Milan game will begin at 20:30 (CET).
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