Maldini: Gattuso is the right man for Milan

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 06: Head coach Gennaro Gattuso of Milan issues instructions during the Serie A match between Juventus and AC Milan on April 06, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Paolo Maldini believes Gennaro Gattuso is the right manager to take Milan back into the Champions League suggesting his quality is not in doubt.

Milan have experienced a slump in form in their chase for a Champions League ticket currently facing a four-game winless streak.

The Rossoneri will face Lazio on Saturday in the first of a double-header between the Champions League chasers this month.

And Maldini was on hand to share his thoughts on the clash.

“Lazio are doing well, they have quality and, like us, are playing to qualify for the Champions League,” he told Sport Mediaset.

“We’ve had highs, lows and big problems against the teams ahead of us in the table. If we get two good results against Lazio and Torino, we’d be ahead of them, even if we end up on equal points.

“The idea is to get back on track after picking up a point from four games, but we’re still up there.

PARMA, ITALY - APRIL 20: Samuel Castillejo of AC Milan celebrates after scoring the opening goal 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)

Gattuso admits Milan needs to do much more

According to the team's manager, the club was not playing its best in today's 1-1 draw in the Italian Lega Serie A.

“The match against Juve gave us many assurances: we’re up there physically and mentally.”

Gattuso has two years left on his contract, but a recent loss of form has fuelled speculation that Milan could look to replace the former Italy midfielder this summer…

“We’re happy with Rino and we’ve never doubted him,” assured his former teammate via Football Italia.

“There was never the idea of ​​changing him. We’re convinced that he’s the right Coach for us.

“We have a very direct relationship with him and the players. Rino knows everything, he knows what we think of him and his work.”

A win for Milan will be a big boost to their ambitions for the top four places with three other teams all in the chase.