Zambrotta praises Gattuso’s ‘tactical’ impact at AC Milan

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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)

Former defender Gianluca Zambrotta praised Gennaro Gattuso’s tactical impact at AC Milan, while also being able to bring out the best out of the squad.

Since replacing the ousted Vincenzo Montella in November 2017, Gattuso has impressed in his first managerial role at senior level and is on the verge of returning Milan to Champions League football for the first time since 2014.

Despite only winning one of their opening five Serie A games this season, Milan are currently on course for their first top-three finish since the 2012/13 campaign after leapfrogging city rivals Inter Milan this month.

Due to this, reports in Italy have announced that Milan’s owners, Elliott Management Group, want to tie down Gattuso to a new long-term contract at the San Siro.

And former Milan team-mate Zambrotta hailed the 41-year-old’s impact at the Rossoneri.

“I would say there are two, on the one hand, there’s the tactical strength that he’s given the team,” Zambrotta told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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“On the other, there’s the skill he’s shown in getting the best out of his players and letting them grow.

“[Tiemoue] Bakayoko’s development has been impressive, although [Lucas] Biglia’s return has offered an extra solution in midfield.

“There’s also the defence, from the serenity that [Gianluigi] Donnarumma plays with to the compactness of the Musacchio-Romagnoli pairing in central defence. They’ve grown a lot.

“I also like the way Suso and [Hakan] Calhanoglu are being used. Gattuso has chosen the most suitable solution for the players at his disposal.

“He puts out a solid team, where everyone gives a helping hand defensively. The signing of [Krzysztof] Piatek did the rest.”

Milan defeated Chievo Verona 2-1 on Saturday evening following strikes from Biglia and Piatek, who has now scored eight goals in nine appearances for Gattuso’s side upon completing a €35m transfer from Genoa in January.

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 15: Gianluca Zambrotta of AC Milan competes during the Serie A match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 15, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)