Gennaro Gattuso slams ‘naive’ AC Milan after 1-1 draw at Parma

PARMA, ITALY - APRIL 20: Gennaro Gattuso head coach of AC Milan during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and AC Milan at Stadio Ennio Tardini on April 20, 2019 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso showed no mercy towards his “naive” players following a 1-1 draw at Parma in the Serie A.

Despite holding 59% of the ball possession, Milan weren’t clinical in front of goal with just three of their 15 shots being on target in a disappointing afternoon at the Ennio Tardini Stadium.

While Spanish midfielder Samu Castillejo had put Milan in front, Bruno Alves was able to fire in an 87th-minute free-kick into the left-hand corner of the goal to secure a 1-1 draw for Parma.

However, Gattuso’s side have now just won once in their last six outings and could fall outside of the top-four spots in the Serie A should AS Roma defeat Inter Milan this evening.

“We played at a low pace in the first half and found few spaces,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.

“We were lucky on the goal, and naive to give away the free-kick.

“We’ll take this point. They are a physical team; when they defend, they do it with five. They had more anger than us.”

EMPOLI, ITALY - MAY 19: Afriye Acquah of Empoli Fc in action during the Serie A match between Empoli and Torino FC at Stadio Carlo Castellani on May 19, 2019 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Empoli’s survival depends on beating Inter

The team has moved out of the relegation zone in the Italian Lega Serie A, but they need their next three points to be saved.

The former Italian midfielder admitted he has struggled to get his messages understood by the squad at times this season.

“Maybe you were wrong to say that I am a good coach,” said Gattuso. “I am not good at making people understand certain things.

“I’m objective because I tell the truth. We knew the difficulties, but we expected to do more. We must look ahead.”

Milan, who haven’t played in the Champions League since 2014, will next play host to Lazio at the San Siro on Wednesday for the second leg of their Copa Italia semi-final clash. The two teams are tied 0-0 on aggregate.

The Rossoneri will then resume league action next Sunday away to sixth-placed side Torino, who themselves have only won twice in their previous six matches.

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