Milan will face and host Fiorentina at San Siro just before Christmas. The press conference of coach Gennaro Gattuso took place at Milanello on the eve of the 17th matchday of Serie A TIM while awaiting the final training session and the squad list.
"Tomorrow we will play against a strong opponent, who can hurt us in attack. Fiorentina are a team with very good players technically, playing within 60-70 meters. We will have to be good at imposing our game, not giving an inch on the pitch. I want to see a team that plays well and with vehemence: only in this way will we be able to win. Bologna has taught us that making a sterile ball possession leads to nothing".
Gattuso spoke about the mentality of his team. "When we have to make the leap or give the knockout, in my management, we have failed, this is one of the greatest difficulties, I always ask myself how to solve this problem We miss the important games. playing with the handbrake pulled: we have to give everyone something more, on a mental level I am worried about the fact that I did not get longer in the championship standings, we come from three games where we did not do our best, we left the Europa League and it worries the head of my players, I have to make them to the maximum ".
About the fourth place: "The club wants to reach the Champions League, it will not be easy but we will do our best. Now we are in fourth place though we have to do more, I am calm. We have to make fewer mistakes. We do not look for excuses, we have to keep working and improving. We lost some important points but our opponents also slowed down. We have some strengths and weaknesses and we have to be careful. I enjoy training people with passion and flair in their eyes, who have the spirit of football within them, whether they are young or old".
On the individuals: "Higuain is precious for me, I do not know anything about the market. He is going through a difficult phase, just like the whole team but we are still in fourth place. He is upset because he has not scored lately, lately, he lacks brilliance. Calhanoglu in midfield?... Let's see how it goes. He has played as an inside midfielder in the Bundesliga before. Suso is fundamental for us and we tend to struggle when he is absent. Montolivo to play tomorrow? Let us see how it goes. I have nothing against him, I see some other players who are more fit so I make my decisions based on this too. There are some players who can contribute more while others have grown exponentially. Conti is ready and waiting to play, it all depends on me now. Cutrone apologized to the team the day after the match, it was an important gesture, I prefer to receives offenses than to see certain scenes in the eyes of the team".
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